Research in the natural sciences has tended to uncritically focus on providing technoscientific solutions to the problem of global food security, often in the form of genetically modified seeds. Yet the intended recipients of these seeds, often lower-caste women, have in some cases been vehement in their rejection of these solutions. Qualitative participatory approaches informed by feminist principles, as applied in this case study in Andhra Pradesh, India, can elucidate both the reasons for this rejection, and help to chart a more appropriate epistemological orientation for developing solutions based in community members' lives and needs. Such an approach can in turn give rise to new research questions and orientations to be taken up by technoscientific researchers wishing to approach collaborative solutions to global food security.
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