Green Revolution favoritism

Written by Olivier De Schutter

The Green Revolution did not reach the poorest farmers working on the most marginal soils.  It largely bypassed women, because women had less access to credit than men, received less support from extension services, and could not afford the inputs which the technological revolution was based.  It sometimes locked cash-strapped farmers into a dependence into high-value external inputs.  It switched from labor-intensive forms of production to a capital-intensive agricultural model, accelerating rural flight in the absence of alternative jobs.

Olivier De Schutter, State of the World 2011, p.xviii.

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