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Kenya Takes a Leap Forward in Agriculture with GMO Potato Innovation


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Kenya Takes a Leap Forward in Agriculture with GMO Potato Innovation

Kenya paves the way for GMO innovation in agriculture, the stage is set for a biotechnological transformative journey.

In a bid to revolutionize its agricultural landscape, Kenya is embarking on a groundbreaking journey with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Spearheading this endeavor is the “GMO FACTS not FEAR” advocacy team, which is set to embark on a six-month tour across Kenya’s Irish potato planting regions. Their mission: to introduce farmers to a game-changing innovation - the Late Blight Resistant (LBR) potato developed through biotechnology.

Collaboratively crafted by the Kenya Agriculture Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), the International Potato Center (CIP), and Michigan State University, the LBR potato promises to be a game-changer. By combating late blight, a devastating disease that has long plagued potato crops, this biotech marvel aims to boost farmers’ incomes while fortifying food security by minimizing fungicide usage and maximizing yields.

This shift towards embracing GMOs in Kenya marks a significant departure from previous sentiments, as outlined in James Kamuye Kataru's illuminating article, "The Long Journey to Accepting GMOs in Kenya." Guided by the Biosafety Act of 2009, Kenya's adoption of GMOs reflects a forward-thinking approach to tackling climate change, hunger, and malnutrition.

Supported by robust partnerships at both national and international levels, Kenya's embrace of biotechnological advancements underscores its unwavering commitment to agricultural progress. At the heart of this movement lies the LBR biotech potato, symbolizing Kenya's dedication to harnessing modern science for economic growth and ensuring food security for its populace. As Kenya paves the way for GMO innovation in agriculture, the stage is set for a transformative journey towards a more sustainable and prosperous future.


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