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Francis Wanjohi (second left) with other participants of FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

On 22-24th November I had the opportunity to attend FAO Regional Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The meeting was focused on the status and future of agricultural biotechnologies in Africa. Food security in Africa heavily relies in the success of Agricultural Biotechnology. We need to double our food productivity by the year 2025. To do this, all stakeholders need to express their opinions and suggestions on how biotechnology can be used for food and feed solutions to bring real differences in people’s lives. We need to focus on biotechnologies that are important to smallholder farmers in Africa, who are the ones that produce most of our foods.

Debates of whether to plant genetically modified (GM) or non-GM crops are outdated. Discussions should focus on