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GMOs or local crops for climate change adaptation in Africa?

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Date of publication: 2013-02-28

Associated Organization: ENDA, FARA, ICPAC

Themes: Agriculture, fisheries and food security

Regions: Africa

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Summary:

Key findings and policy recommendations from the AfricaAdapt network

Climate change is reframing Africa’s food security debate. Farmers have long adapted to recurrent droughts through traditional practices such as intercropping. But now they face increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, degraded soils, declining yields … and ever more mouths to feed. Can transgenic biotechnology partially mitigate climate change and help Africa’s farmers adapt to its impacts?

The AfricaAdapt network asked its members to discuss whether African countries should embrace genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a means to cope with climate change. This polarizing issue drew responses from agricultural researchers, academia, extension organizations and grassroots community groups. The diverse perspectives – economic, ecological, political and social – made for a lively debate. This brief summarizes their insights and recommendations.

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