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10 December 2015

India: Child Labour and underpayment of women in vegetable seed production, reports India Committee of Netherlands

Almost 156,000 Indian children are producing vegetable seeds (tomato, hot pepper, okra), of which 50,000 are below 14 years of age. The large majority of them are either Dalits, low caste or Adivasi (tribals). All of them are exposed to harsh working...

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Report
6 June 2014

The Price of Less Child Labour and Higher Wages

Author: Davuluri Venkateswarlu, commissioned by India Committee of Netherlands

The present note is an attempt to examine the recent trends in wages paid to labourers and procurement prices paid to farmers by seed companies in Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cottonseed production in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and to understand...

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Article
29 May 2009

[PDF] Seeds of hunger: intellectual property rights on seeds and the human rights response May

Author: 3D Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy

IPRs [intellectual property rights] are accused of interfering with traditional farming and cultural practices, disempowering women and making farmers more vulnerable to market fluctuations. IPRs on seeds are said to contribute to loss of genetic and...

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Article
25 September 2007

Child bondage continues in Indian cotton supply chain

Author: India Committee of the Netherlands

More than 416.000 children under the age of 18, of which almost 225.000 younger than 14, are involved in (often bonded) child labour in India’s cottonseed fields. Most of them are girls. They work in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and...

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Article
17 November 2005

MNC seed cos chalk out action plan for child labour [India]

Author: Ch Prashanth Reddy, Business Standard [India]

Multinational seed companies, Emergent Genetics [part of Monsanto] and Proagro [part of Bayer], which have their operations across Andhra Pradesh, have chalked out an action plan in collaboration with non-government organisations to address the problem...

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Article
1 October 2005

[PDF] full report: "The price of childhood - on the link between prices paid to farmers and the use of child labour in cottonseed production in Andhra Pradesh, India"

Author: Davuluri Venkateswarlu and Lucia da Corta (commissioned by India Committee of the Netherlands)

Barring the recent initiatives of few member companies of ASI [Association of Seed Industry] (Proagro [part of Bayer], Syngenta and Emergent Genetics [part of Monsanto]) the efforts of seed companies to reduce the employment of children in cottonseed...

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Article
1 October 2004

full report: "Child Labour in Hybrid Cottonseed Production in Andhra Pradesh: Recent Developments"

Author: Davuluri Venkateswarlu, Director, Global Research and Consultancy Services, Hyderabad

The multinational seed companies involved in cottonseed business in 2000-01 are Unilever, Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Advanta and Emergent Genetics. In 2003-04, all MNCs except Syngenta were engaged in cottonseed production activity in Andhra Pradesh....

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Article
24 October 2003

Multinationals pledge to end child labour in Indian seed production

Author: India Committee of the Netherlands, Amnesty International Netherlands, Novib/Oxfam Netherlands and FNV Mondiaal

Seed multinationals Monsanto, Emergent Genetics, Hindustan Lever, Syngenta, Advanta and Proagro (a subsidiary of Bayer) as well as some big Indian seed companies, have agreed to co-operate with the MV Foundation (MVF)...to eliminate child labour from...

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Article
1 April 2003

full report: Child Labour and Trans-National Seed Companies in Hybrid Cotton Seed Production in Andhra Pradesh [India]

Author: Dr. Davuluri Venkateswarlu, Director, Global Research and Consultancy Services, Hyderabad, study commissioned by India Committee of the Netherlands

[refers to Hindustan Lever Ltd. (Unilever subsidiary), Syngenta, Advanta, Monsanto, Mahyco, Proagro]

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Article
25 March 2002

Bt Cotton: Seeds of Discontent

Author: Meena Menon and Nityanand Jayaraman, CorpWatch India

...U.S. chemical giant Monsanto's efforts -- through its Indian partner Mahyco -- to seek approval for commercializing the controversial transgenic Bt Cotton seeds in India has come under intense criticism.

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