Accept technology for country’s food security

Bt cotton in a controlled trial farm in Mwea, Kirinyaga. Access to such agriculture technologies is crucial for a developing country like Kenya, where millions depend on farming and malnutrition is rife. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • When President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned a cotton mill in Eldoret mid this year, he gave us hope about the future of farming and technology.
  • Access to GMOs is crucial for a developing country like Kenya, where millions depend on farming and malnutrition is rife. We must find creative and durable ways to increase the income of farmers and fight hunger.
  • Wherever cotton farmers have gained access to GMOs, they’ve rushed to take advantage of them. In India, for example, an estimated 97 percent of cotton farmers plant GMO varieties.
  • Kenyans can complain about colonialism and racism and how the world neglects Africa — but in the case of GMOs, the fact is that we have denied ourselves a great opportunity.

I was appalled to read in the Nation of October 1 of the impending food shortages in Kenya.

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