Food Security

Absa CIB sees genetically modified crops as key to Africa’s food security

By David Whitehouse

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Posted on March 28, 2023 12:33

Genetically modified (GM) crops are essential if Africa is to achieve food security, Roux Wildenboer, head of agriculture at Absa’s corporate and investment bank, tells The Africa Report.

GM seeds, widely used in the US, Canada, Brazil and India, have been artificially altered to enhance some of their characteristics. The global acreage of GM crops under cultivation increased from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 191.7 million ha in 2019. Africa, where most countries still don’t allow GM crops, played little part in that increase.

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