11 African Countries Doing Field Tests For Genetically Modified Crops

Written by Dana Sanchez

The Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization grows GMO maize, 2014. Photo: Hilary Heuler/VOA


On Feb. 21, the Kenyan government appeared to reverse its opposition to growing GMOs when it indicated it would approve the commercialization of Bt cotton. “We are fully behind home-grown solutions to food insecurity and therefore support local biotechnology research,” said Noor Mohammed, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives. “Research and trials on other crops like corn, virus-resistant sweet potatoes and virus-resistant cassava should continue unhindered.” He also said the government should lift its 2012 ban on importing GMOs.