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Crop Biotech Update

IPBO Fact Series on Cotton and Maize in Africa

October 18, 2017

The International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO) released two new Fact Series publications .

The Facts Series titled Cotton in Africa reviews the impact of Bt cotton on African agricultural systems. It highlights the importance for donors and governments that invest heavily in the hope that GM crops will bring significant improvements to the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers to first pay attention to the fundamental institutions that support broader agricultural development and technology generation (with or without GM crops).

The Fact Series on Maize in Africa captures the importance of maize in Sub-Saharan Africa, the diseases and other problems encountered in growing maize, and how conventional breeding and modern biotechnology protect maize from such enemies. Biofortification efforts were also discussed in the publication.

Download the publications from the IPBO website.