13 African countries have some biotech crops in different stages of development; the research involves 12 crops and 14 traits. Governments around the continent are evaluating the research and approving crops that feature stacked traits, like insect-resistance and drought tolerance in corn.
A new report published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) shows that GM crop cultivation increased by three percent to 189.8 million hectares in 2017.
“There is great improvement around the world [in crop biotechnology adoption], but Africa is still missing the opportunity. If you look at the share of Africa’s benefit from biotech agriculture, it’s very low, despite the fact that research is ongoing …. ,” said Dr Margaret Karembu, the director of Nairobi-based ISAAA AfriCentre, who presented the report. Read more