As issues of food insecurity on the African continent continue to be discussed and ways to solve them proffered, the debate about genetically-modified crops, which were introduced 15 years ago, has become louder. Most notable of the prominent personalities who have supported this approach is business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates. Equally supporting the motion is Kenyan Harvard professor and author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, Calestous Juma. For Juma, the GM approach is exactly the answer to our food woes. But not all Africans agree. South African consultant Glenn Ashton says that these moves run counter to “scientific research funded by the World Bank and the United Nations, and with grassroots agronomic movements, on what is best for Africa.” An outline of the debate is provided below.
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