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October 26th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

thumb.aspxZimbabwe is facing a crippling maize (staple in Zimbabwe) shortage. Vice President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has revealed that the cash strapped government needs at least US$300 million to import 700 000 tons of maize to meet national consumption. And According to the World Food Program (WFP), Zimbabwe’s food crisis will affect 1.5 million people this year. Scientists believe that varieties of drought tolerance maize could go a long way toward addressing the desperate situation. But despite the maize shortage, Agriculture Minister Made still maintains that GMOs should remain banned in Zimbabwe. Read more