Activists oppose import of genetically modified foods

Kenya’s environmental and food security activists called on the government to recognize and support organic agriculture practiced by most small scale farmers to avoid imports of genetically modified (GM) foods. Kenya allowed importation of genetically modified food in 2009 and also controlled growing of genetically modified crops. The activists said the introduction of patented seeds and related chemicals into the farming systems threatens Kenya’s agricultural practices, livelihood, the environment, and undermines national seed sovereignty. According to the activists, hunger is not caused by under-production of food, but because people have no money to buy food and therefore the genetically modified maize may be as expensive and will not solve hunger problem. Read more here.


Zimbabwe cotton industry could grow with GMO crops

According to agro-industrial firm Aico Africa, Zimbabwe could quadruple its cotton output by 2015 if it starts to grow genetically modified (GMO) crops and increase support to farmers. The government had accepted in principle to allow the growing of GMO cotton. Aico provides seed and fertilizers to most of the small-scale farmers, who are contracted to sell their crops to the company. Read more here.