Monday, 01 December 2014

Africa pressed to adopt GMOs

According to an African Development Bank (ADB) report produced in concert with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Africa is interested in adopting Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to meet the food security challenges facing the continent, and with a view to achieving better positioning in world agriculture markets. Presenting a summary of the agricultural situation within the continent, ABD Vice-President Ali Abou-Sabaa stated that: “In order to meet food and nutritional needs, African countries import some 25 billion dollars-worth of foodstuffs every year.”

He then recommended a paradigm shift to impose a new dynamic on African agriculture, now characterised by low yields, often grown for the grower’s own use.The situation calls for innovative solutions to be investigated, with a view firstly to energising African agricultural productivity, but also in order to promote agro-alimentary trade and food security. Only three African countries have so far become involved in GMO marketing  – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. A further two countries, Senegal and Ivory Coast, have announced their intention to join this select club.