Next Article in Journal
Coping Strategies to Deal with Environmental Variability and Extreme Climatic Events in the Peruvian Anchovy Fishery
Next Article in Special Issue
The Theory and Practice of Genetically Engineered Crops and Agricultural Sustainability
Previous Article in Journal
Behaviour Change in the UK Climate Debate: An Assessment of Responsibility, Agency and Political Dimensions
Previous Article in Special Issue
A Meta Analysis on Farm-Level Costs and Benefits of GM Crops
Sustainability 2011, 3(6), 809-822; doi:10.3390/su3060809
Article

Modern Biotechnology—Potential Contribution and Challenges for Sustainable Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa

Received: 26 March 2011; in revised form: 26 May 2011 / Accepted: 31 May 2011 / Published: 8 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biotechnology and Sustainable Development)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [221 KB, uploaded 8 June 2011]
Abstract: Modern biotechnology, including the application of transgenic techniques to produce Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), can play a significant role in increasing agricultural production in a sustainable way, but its products need to be tailored for the developing world. In sub-Saharan Africa, the capacity to develop GMOs and ensure they meet stringent regulatory requirements is somewhat limited. Most African governments contribute little to science and technology either financially or through strong policies. This leaves the determination of research and development priorities in the hands of international funding agencies. Whereas funding from the United States is generally supportive of GM technology, the opposite is true of funding from European sources. African countries are thus pulled in two different directions. One alternative to this dilemma might be for countries in the sub-Saharan Africa region to develop stronger South-South collaborations, but these need to be supported with adequate funding. African governments as well as external funding agencies are urged to consider the important role that biotechnology, including GM technology, can play in contributing to sustainable development in Africa, and to provide adequate support to the development of capacity to research, develop and commercialize GMOs in the region.
Keywords: agricultural biotechnology; GMO; Africa; South Africa; science and technology; research and development; biotechnology policy; biosafety policy agricultural biotechnology; GMO; Africa; South Africa; science and technology; research and development; biotechnology policy; biosafety policy
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Export to BibTeX |
EndNote


MDPI and ACS Style

Morris, E.J. Modern Biotechnology—Potential Contribution and Challenges for Sustainable Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainability 2011, 3, 809-822.

AMA Style

Morris EJ. Modern Biotechnology—Potential Contribution and Challenges for Sustainable Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainability. 2011; 3(6):809-822.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Morris, E. Jane. 2011. "Modern Biotechnology—Potential Contribution and Challenges for Sustainable Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa." Sustainability 3, no. 6: 809-822.


Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert