Africa one step closer to GM

1 April, 2011 by (comments)

More African nations could be moving closer to formally introducing genetically modified (GM) crops, as the increasing demand on food production and natural resources forces them to consider all the possible solutions to hunger and poverty.

 

Most countries, reports Reuters Africa, have been wary about the adoption of GM crops out of fear of the unknown effect on humans and the environment, exemplified by restrictive biosafety regulations. However, Kenya recently changed its laws and could embark on open trials of GM crops including maize, rice, wheat, sorghum and cotton this year, with Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mali, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ghana likely to follow.

While the technology is costly, this change in attitudes towards adoption opens the door to new opportunities that could help small-scale African farmers overcome some of their production challenges through the use of biotech crops.

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