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dc.contributor.authorCurry, Helenen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-20T14:49:04Z
dc.date.available2017-01-20T14:49:04Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-01en
dc.identifier.issn0391-9714
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/261938
dc.description.abstractThis paper charts the history of the Rockefeller Foundation’s participation in the collection and long-term preservation of genetic diversity in crop plants from the 1940s through the 1970s. In the decades following the launch of its agricultural program in Mexico in 1943, the Rockefeller Foundation figured prominently in the creation of world collections of key economic crops. Through the efforts of its administrators and staff, the foundation subsequently parlayed this experience into a leadership role in international efforts to conserve so-called plant genetic resources. Previous accounts of the Rockefeller Foundation’s interventions in international agricultural development have focused on the outcomes prioritized by foundation staff and administrators as they launched assistance programs and especially their characterization of the peoples and ‘‘problems’’ they encountered abroad. This paper highlights instead how foundation administrators and staff responded to a newly emergent international agricultural concern—the loss of crop genetic diversity. Charting the foundation’s responses to this concern, which developed only after agricultural modernization had begun and was understood to be produced by the successes of the foundation’s own agricultural assistance programs, allows for greater interrogation of how the foundation understood and projected its central position in international agricultural research activities by the 1970s.
dc.description.sponsorshipResearch for this article was supported in part by a grant-in-aid from the Rockefeller Archive Center.
dc.languageengen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 Internationalen
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dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectRockefeller Foundationen
dc.subjectseed banksen
dc.subjectcrop diversityen
dc.subjectplant genetic resourcesen
dc.subjectGreen Revolutionen
dc.subjectagricultural modernizationen
dc.titleFrom working collections to the World Germplasm Project: agricultural modernization and genetic conservation at the Rockefeller Foundationen
dc.typeArticle
prism.issueIdentifier2en
prism.number5en
prism.publicationDate2017en
prism.publicationNameHistory and Philosophy of the Life Sciencesen
prism.volume39en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.7174
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-02-02en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s40656-017-0131-8en
rioxxterms.versionVoRen
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-06-01en
dc.contributor.orcidCurry, Helen [0000-0001-9474-1528]
dc.identifier.eissn1742-6316
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2017-03-20en
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2100-01-01


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