GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan

05.09.2013

The Guardian

Published by Mark Tran on 5 September 2013

Group chaired by former UN secretary general urges farmers to shake fear of the unknown and adopt new technologies.

Concern in Africa over genetically modified crops has been dismissed as fear of the unknown by an environmental group chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.
 
A report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), published on Wednesday, describes opposition to GM crops as "a farce". It points out that such crops have been subjected to more testing worldwide than new non-modified varieties, citing reports from the EU, the World Health Organisation and the US national academy of sciences.
 
Only four African countries – Burkina Faso, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa – have fully commercialised GM crops. But Agra says most countries across the continent are at various stages of creating the environment for commercialisation.