We welcome the Kenyan Government’s decision to lift the 2012 moratorium that restricted the importation or open cultivation of GMO crops.
Climate change and population growth are putting increased pressure on the agricultural industry that feeds Kenyans. Like our neighbors in the horn of Africa, Kenya has been experiencing extreme drought conditions. Some 3.5 million Kenyans are suffering from starvation. Let it be remembered that Kenya suffered an unprecedented wave of desert locusts in early 2020 which spelled disaster for thousands of farmers and rural communities.
Biotechnology can help us develop new, more resilient crop varieties that are better able to survive these changing conditions. GMOs, combined with improved conventional farming methods and new biological crop protection products will help us meet the food security challenges we are facing.