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Kenya’s breakthrough with biotech: Embracing GMO potatoes for a better future

This February the “GMO FACTS not FEAR” advocacy team starts a six-month tour of Kenya’s Irish potato planting regions to educate farmers on a late blight resistant (LBR) potato developed through biotechnology. The Late Blight Resistant (LBR) potato is being developed by Kenya Agriculture Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in collaboration with the International Potato Center (CIP) and Michigan State University.

Kenya’s embracing the potential of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is highlighted in the article “The Long Journey to Accepting GMOs in Kenya” by James Kamuye Kataru from Kataru Concepts.

This shift is exemplified by the introduction of a late blight resistant (LBR) biotech potato. This pioneering development aims to bolster Kenyan farmers’ incomes and enhance food security by minimizing fungicide usage and maximizing crop yields.

The adoption of GMOs in Kenya, steered by the Biosafety Act of 2009, signifies a transformative approach towards addressing the pressing challenges of climate change, hunger, and malnutrition. This strategic move is further supported by a range of partnerships at both national and international levels, emphasizing Kenya’s commitment to leveraging biotechnological advancements for agricultural progress.

The LBR biotech potato stands as a testament to Kenya’s endeavors in integrating modern science to revitalize its agricultural sector, stimulate economic growth, and ensure a more secure food future for its population.

For a comprehensive understanding of this pivotal development in Kenyan agriculture, the full article can be accessed at Kataru Concepts.

Source: Kataru Concepts
Cover image: Biotechnology Partnership / Feed the Future

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