One of the biggest concerns raised by critics and enthusiasts for GM alike is that African countries do not have the capacity to “handle” GM. In other words, many African nations lack the robust regulatory environment and infrastructure for wide-scale adoption of GM crops.
Talk about GM crops resisting or failing to fend off certain pests and diseases dominates the GM debate in Africa. But there is rising interest in the potential ability of GM crops to avoid the ravaging effects of drought. Three quarters of the world’s droughts in the last decade have taken place in Africa.