European Parliament accused of double standards on GM Crops

By Diran Makinde, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) June 28th, 2016

A report by the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) call on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, not to support genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa. The report recommended that intensive agriculture that made Europe, the Americas and many parts of Asia food secure should not be applied in Africa, instead, that the continent remain with small-scale farming practices that have not been able to meet its food and nutrition needs.

This saga between Europe and America makes Africa suffer. It has been established that agricultural biotechnology is needs-based in Africa. Reports from other developing countries that adopted the technology speaks volume on benefits; the risk aspects being properly managed by their regulators. The African end users, farmers and consumers need to be given the opportunity to access and assess the technology themselves. Read more