June 29, 2004: Hans Herren, director of the International
Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology and a leader
in Kenya’s scientific community, has come out against
genetically modified crops as the answer to this East
African nation’s agricultural future. The comments
were made less then a week after a speech by Kenyan President
Mwai Kibaki which praised GM crops.
In a recent interview in with Kenyan newspaper, ‘The
Nation,’ Herron was quoted as saying, “What
Africa needs are systems that are affordable and sustainable,
and not projects ultimately unsustainable. We must get
away from quick fixes and look at the larger picture.
What we must strive to do is to adopt systems that not
only increase yields but also build soil fertility,
since declining soil fertility is one of the biggest
problems of Agriculture in Africa.”
While Kenya is counted among African countries whose
food production has kept pace with its population growth,
it is still only able to supply about 70% of its demand
for wheat. According to the Kenayweb (http://www.kenyaweb.com)
website, this short fall continues to put a strain on
the country’s economy.
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