11 African Countries Doing Field Tests For Genetically Modified Crops

Written by Dana Sanchez
Philbert Nyinondi plants maize seeds for the first GMO field trial in Tanzania. Photo: Cornell Alliance for Science/Wired


Tanzania is conducting field tests for GM drought- and insect-resistant corn with commercialization possible by 2021 if the liability regulations of the Biosafety Law are amended by Parliament. The “government intends to revolutionize agriculture by introducing biotech crops to improve the quality of yields…the country has the required capacity for research in GM crops,” said Forens Turuka, permanent Secretary of Agriculture Food Security.