Can GM sorghum impact Africa?

Botha, G.M. and Viljoen, C.D. (2008) Can GM sorghum impact Africa? Trends in Biotechnology, 26 (2). pp. 64-69.

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It is said that genetic modification (GM) of grain sorghum has the potential to alleviate hunger in Africa. To this end, millions of dollars have been committed to developing GM sorghum. Current developments in the genetic engineering of sorghum are similar to efforts to improve cassava and other traditional African crops, as well as rice in Asia. On closer analysis, GM sorghum is faced with the same limitations as ‘Golden Rice’ (GM rice) in the context of combating vitamin A deficiency (VAD) efficiently and sustainably. Thus, it is questionable whether the cost of developing GM sorghum can be justified when compared to the cost of investing in sustainable agricultural practice in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: GMO Testing Facility, University of the Free State, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Sandhya Gir
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2010 20:13
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2010 20:24
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