A Disaster in Search of Success

Genetically engineered cotton [Bt cotton] is one of the hotly debated subjects around the globe. The biotech industry has created an unprecedented hype around it. However the experiences around Global South in Bt cotton farming completely contradict this gung ho propaganda.

Makhathini region in South Africa has been showcased by Monsanto as the grand success of Bt cotton for small farmers. In reality today, Makhathini groans under the burden of Bt cotton which has totally failed its small farmers. The South East nation of Indonesia kicked out Bt cotton in the very next year of its debut. In Thailand subverting national laws, Bt cotton has been cunningly promoted by the biotech industry. In India, the industry touted Bt Cotton as the panacea for cotton farmers’ misery. But within five years of introduction, it has started sounding the death knell for farmers. In order to avoid a similar fate, a Farmers’ Jury in Mali [West Africa] rejected Bt cotton’s entry into their country and issued a stiff warning to Malian government against permitting genetically engineered crops into Mali.

A group of farmer-filmmakers from the DDS Community Media Trust, all women, have travelled to all these countries and documented their experiences in A Disaster in Search of Success. This film is a scathing indictment of the biotech industry’s machinations in manipulating the reality and creating a Kafkaesque hype around its product. Through the voices and images of farmers from South Africa, Indonesia, India and Mali the film A Disaster in Search of Success unmasks these intrigues and digs out the underlying hideous truth.

An outcome of the decision taken by the Joint Advocacy Project [JAP] on “GMOs: a threat to Food Sovereignty” by the partners of the EED, Germany, this film is mainly funded by the Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst [EED] of Germany and co funded by the International Institute for Environment and Development [IIED], UK.

For more details, contact :

Community Media Trust

Village Pastapur, Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, 500 220, India
Email: communitymediatrust@gmail.com

Deccan Development Society

#101, Kishan Residency, Road No 5, Begumpet
Hyderabad – 500 016, Andhra Pradesh, India

For further details please contact: hyd2_ddsppvr1@sancharnet.in

Pesticides do not decipher caste, gender or nationality. They will kill anybody irrespective of his or her origins.


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