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Review Sheds Light on the Current State of GM Crop Adoption in Africa

April 24, 2024

The integration of genetically modified (GM) crops into agricultural systems necessitates a comprehensive understanding of public perceptions, legal structures, and ethical challenges. In Africa, only a few of the 54 African countries have approved the cultivation of GM crops. To provide an in-depth understanding of the benefits and difficulties associated with the adoption of GM crops, a review published in GM Crops & Food provides significant insights into the current state of GM crop adoption in Africa.

The paper identified possible solutions for factors affecting the acceptability of GM crops in Africa. Low adoption of GM crops is associated with ethical, economic, and environmental concerns. However, the acceptance of GM crops in Africa is believed to improve with the establishment of biosafety laws and risk assessment platforms, confined field trials (CFTs) for growing GM crops, and local GM seed production capacity.

Current public opinions, regulations and policies, ethical challenges, and case studies analyzing the effective implementation of GM crops in certain African nations were also discussed in the review. Aside from the improved knowledge and comprehension of the benefits of GM crops, the paper highlights the need for cooperative efforts to standardize regulatory frameworks to expedite the adoption of GM crops in the country.

For more information, read the full review on GM Crops & Food.

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