Como agricultor en India, Tengo la esperanza de que mi país haya alcanzado un punto de inflexión y finalmente adopte la agricultura del siglo XXI., setting the stage for a second Green Revolution that is the worlds only hope for feeding 9 mil millones de personas 2050.

New Delhis recent decision to permit field trials for genetically modified brinjal and mustard represents an essential step forwarda belated decision and limited in scope, but also a move that puts India on a course for genuine progress in agriculture.

In Tamil Nadu, a state that occupies the southern tip of India where I grow rice, Caña de azúcar, cotton and pulses on my farm, I see the significance of this struggle every day. The latest UN projections say that my country will pass Chinas population within the next 15 años. If we dont improve our food security by then, well enter a period of unprecedented misery.

The good news is that much of the world recognizes the magnitude of the challenge, in India and elsewhere. En octubre, I participated in the World Economic Forums New Vision for Agriculture meeting, which convened about 120 stakeholders, incluidos los agricultores, in an effort to develop strategies for sustainable agricultural growth. We discussed a wide range of subjects including the importance of technology innovation, empowerment of women and smallholder farmers, Government policies, financial services, and risk management.

Although GM crops were not a major part of our conversations, the farmers in attendance made clear that we have positive views about these crops and believe biotechnology is an indispensible part of food security. Those of us who live in the developing world would like to enjoy the same access to technology that farmers in the United States and many other countries take for granted.

In too many instances, sin embargo, our governments are still catching up with our aspirations.

Hace años que, India accepted biotechnology in agriculture when it commercialized GM cotton. At that moment, it looked like we might become full participants in a new wave of progress. Hoy, mas que 95 percent of Indias cotton is genetically modified to resist insect pests.

This was a welcome start, but small in scale. Only a tiny minority of Indias farmers grows cotton. The rest of us produce other crops, and are yet to taste the benefit of GM crops as we try to feed a nation of more than 1.2 mil millones de personas.

Yet as farmers in North and South America pressed forward with GM corn, soja, y otros cultivos, New Delhi hit the brakes. Instead of working to introduce GM brinjalan important vegetable crop in India, known in the Unites States as eggplantour government turned away from new forms of biotechnology.

In doing so, public officials made regulatory decisions based not on provable science, but on political science. They should have relied on reliable research from respected authorities. En lugar, they responded to lies and propaganda from ideological activists.

The election of Narendra Modi as Indias prime minister earlier this year, sin embargo, appears to have changed everything. Modis environmental ministry, led by Prakash Javadekar, has chosen to emphasize science and technology.

India now will test some 30 varieties of GM brinjal and mustard, a decision consistent with PM Modis development agenda. If sound science truly animates our policies, farmers like me almost certainly will have access to better crops soon.

Im looking forward to what happens next. I have grown brinjal in a small area, but gave up because I couldnt keep away the pests and remain economically competitive. Many farmers in India will be benefited, if and when GM brinjal becomes available.

I plan to do everything in my power to help biotechnology take root in my country: We must make sure that successful field trials lead to commercialization, and see that our research expands to include additional crops. Hoy, the hard work of our Indian scientists who have developed lots of GM crops with desirable traits, including maize, arroz, okra, cabbage and cauliflower, are confined to a lab while they wait for clearance from the government. This must change. It is important that these improved crops are made available to Indias farmers.

The World Economic Forum and other international organizations have roles to play as well. They can lend moral support to Indias innovators, who must continue to resist pressure from political protestors. They can also try to shape the views of opinion leaders, especially in Europe, where hostility to GM crops has encouraged India and other developing countries to question the value of biotechnology.

Sobre todo, sin embargo, they can encourage farmers like me to join a new Green Revolution that rises to the mighty challenge of feeding a hungry world.

Señor. V Ravichandran owns a 60 acre farm at Poongulam Village in Tamil Nadu, India where he grows rice, Caña de azúcar, cotton and pulses (small grains). Señor. Ravichandran is a member of the Truth About Trade & Tecnología de Red Global Farmer, 2013 beneficiario del Kleckner Trade & Technology Advancement Award and serves on the WEF New Vision for Agriculture Transformational Leaders Network (

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