11 African Countries Doing Field Tests For Genetically Modified Crops

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Written by Dana Sanchez
Genetically modified seeds have boosted yields for South Africa’s maize farmers. Photo: Madelene Cronjé/M&G

South Africa

South Africa, the only country in Africa producing GMO food crops, has conducted successful field tests of GMO drought- and insect-resistant corn. The seeds were developed by The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project in a public-private partnership with U.S.-based Monsanto, a leading producer of GMO seeds. The seeds are given free to small-scale South African farmers, who began commercial production in 2016.

Source: Grains.co.za, Genetic Literacy Project.