Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation

Eliud Kireger, highlighted the importance of developing insect-resistant corn by noting that Kenya “is losing about 40% of the 42 million bags of maize to stem-borer and other pests and we have to import to make up for the losses.” In addition to conducting research and commercializing GMO crops, Kenyan scientists are engaged in projects involving gene-editing. The ban on importing GMO foods remained in place until late 2019, at which point the government was encouraging GMO research and was on the verge of approving the commercialization of Bt cotton as part of a plan to bolster the textile industry, thus spurring industrial development.

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