Countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria and Rwanda are increasingly using Kenya’s biotechnology research findings to guide their food security plans as strict laws discourage GMO crops at home.
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) scientists said Kenya has become a testing ground for technologies that end up benefiting other nations.
They have been conducting trials on GMO maize at confined fields for the last 10 years but the government is yet to allow commercialisation of this variety.
James Karanja, Lead Scientist at for this project, said Kenya cannot refuse to share the technology with other countries as it is one of the conditions by donors.
“Kenya is losing this technology because the donor is not going to pump more money on this research when the current policy has barred commercialisation,” said Prof Karanja. Read more …