chapter  5
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Global Science, Public Goods? A Synthesis

With the transformation of international biofortification research into a global ‘challenge’, an attempt was being made to streamline a multiplicity of diverse pathways, at different stages and of varying levels of context-responsiveness into a globalized, high-tech ‘fast lane’. This book has, through a series of cases, explored how and why this singular vision for biofortification has survived unscathed, despite a catalogue of practical setbacks and some well-informed critiques coming from inside and outside the CGIAR system.1 To understand the broader significance of biofortification, in this context, requires an extension of the boundaries of the debate, beyond contesting whether it will ‘work’, to an analysis of the modes of organization, styles and cultures of science and definitions of impact evolving around it.