Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.




In the name of progress and growth, the apparatus of development has formed a mode of global governance. This apparatus consists of development discourses and institutions and attempts to govern agriculture, pointing to the current effort underway to liberalize agriculture on a global scale. Farmers of the developing world are now subject to a regime of control that includes international institutions of governance, nation-state governments and multinational corporations. By examining the role of specialized agencies of the United Nations, specifically the FAO and UNESCO in the governance of agricultural practices, I focus on the implementation and management of agricultural biotechnology and genetic engineering in the farming practices of the rural peoples in the developing world. I specifically examine the extent to which the concept of expert knowledge has influenced the incorporation and development of agricultural biotechnologies into these farming practices. Based on my analysis, I illustrate how the FAD and UNESCO, through their reliance upon professional forms of expert knowledge, facilitate the global management of agricultural practices.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .G74. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1250. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.