Tech, Farming, Biodiversity

Digitalisation, genomics, climate geoengineering: A range of new and emerging technologies impact upon farming, food production and biodiversity. Many of them promise productivity growth and better sustainability, and even to address climate change by means of mitigation or increased resilience to it. However, small-scale farming communities often have neither access to – nor a say in the application of – these new technologies, some of which are high-risk, threatening potentially irreversible change to our planet.


In a series of essays and commentaries undertaken on the occasion of the Biodiversity Convention COP 2021-22 in Kunming, the ETC Group and others authors from the hbs network in Asia discuss technologies, the imagined futures that underpin them, and their actual and potential impacts on food production, farming communities and biodiversity, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Organic Farming


Bhutan's challenges and prospects in becoming a 100% organic country

Paddy below Gangtok

Organic Sikkim: a brand secured, now for the farms to prosper

Sri Lanka article

Overnight conversion to 'exclusively organic agriculture' in Sri Lanka: How not to promote green technology

Digitalisation and Agriculture

Smart farm using drone for research analysis, terrain scan and monitoring soil hydration

Robots, Drones and Sensors: Biodiversity boom or bust?

Kartini cover image

Will digital land records stop land grabs in Indonesia?

Risks from digitalisation trends in the Asia-Pacific food system

 Andhra Pradesh

Disruptive Technologies: The Case of Indigenous Territories of Andhra Pradesh, India

Food and Biotech


Spanner in the System EP 1: Banana Drama

Together with Neth Daño, we learn about issues surrounding new technologies and their impacts on some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and what we can do about them. We look at the global food system, how we care for – and sometimes don’t care for – our land, and what needs to be done to make a better world. This might all sound complicated, but we can start with bananas: believe it or not bananas can tell us a lot about how the world we live in works!

Tech Solutions for the Climate Crisis?

The Big Picture


Spanner in the System EP 3: Life, the Pluriverse and everything

This podcast episode focuses on the philosophical underpinnings of corporate visions for disruptive technology.

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