Biotech Updates

Nigerian Agriculture Minister Urges Faster Acceptance of Biotech in Africa

November 6, 2013

Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwumi Adesina has called to accelerate adoption of biotechnology in Africa. Mr. Adesina mentioned this when he delivered the keynote address during the breakfast session at the World Food Prize lecture series in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. He also noted that biotechnology provides a way to feed the world with more nutritious food, while depending less on chemicals.

"Through biotechnology, biofortified crops such as orange flesh, sweet potatoes, pro-vitamin A cassava and drought tolerant maize now hold great promise for feeding Africa," Mr. Adesina said. "Africa must not miss out on the gene revolution."