Briefing: Burkina Faso's reversal on genetically modified cotton and the implications for Africa

Briefing: Burkina Faso's reversal on genetically modified cotton and the implications for Africa

Author: 
Dowd-Uribe, Brian
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date published: 
2016
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Responsibility: 
Schnurr, Matthew A., jt. author
Journal Title: 
African Affairs
Source: 
African Affairs, Vol. 115, No. 458, January 2016, pp. 161-172
Abstract: 

CAN GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) CROPS help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa? To date, only two GM crops - insect-resistant forms of cotton and maize - have made it into the hands of African farmers. Of these, GM cotton has the longest empirical track record, having been the first GM crop ever introduced in Africa, and the only one that has been grown in multiple countries - first South Africa, then Burkina Faso.1 The performance of this crop has received intense scrutiny, as it offers the best indication of how the suite of other GM crops slated for commercial approval may perform across the continent.

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CITATION: Dowd-Uribe, Brian. Briefing: Burkina Faso's reversal on genetically modified cotton and the implications for Africa . : Oxford University Press (OUP) , 2016. African Affairs, Vol. 115, No. 458, January 2016, pp. 161-172 - Available at: http://library.au.int/briefing-burkina-fasos-reversal-genetically-modified-cotton-and-implications-africa-0