Published On: Tue, Sep 17th, 2013

Africa shouldn’t take GM crops lightly, but neither can it ignore their potential

Africa shouldn\'t take GM crops lightly, but neither can it ignore their potentialIn the unlikely event that I had forgotten just how controversial and polarising genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are, the past few days would have provided a very sharp reminder. Last week, our organisation, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), released a 204-page report (pdf) into the state of Africa’s agriculture. It covered, in detail, the wide range of obstacles and challenges facing African countries as they seek to transform their agricultural productivity, as well as considering what opportunities there are to deliver this ambition.

Perhaps inevitably, however, our mention of GMOs dominated coverage of the report. We saw headlines such as “Agra helping agribusiness conquer African agriculture”, and accusations that our organisation was promoting “genetically modified colonialism”.

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