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National Food Security can be Attained in Uganda if Farmers will Plant GM Crops, Harvard Prof Opines

May 15, 2013

Calestous Juma, Professor and Director of Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard University said that national food security in Uganda can be substantially improved by using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to get better yields.

In a lecture organized by the Association for Strengthening Agriculture Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) in Kampala, Uganda, Juma said that biotechnology and genetic engineering have the potential to contribute to agriculture just like what mobile technology has done for the communications sector in Africa. However, the Harvard professor stressed that it would be dangerous to adopt GMOs without clear, flexible, and supportive biotechnology regulations. Juma therefore appeal for the Ugandan Government to pass the Biotechnology Bill.

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