Food from GMOs is digested in the body the same as food from non-GM crops,” KNAS Honorary secretary Prof.Ratemo Michieka said adding that biotech crops contribute to food security, sustainability, and climate change solutions.
Speaking at the event, NASAC’s President Prof. Norbert Hounkonnou, urged leaders across the continent to adopt biotechnology to save the more than 100 million people in Africa who were facing acute food insecurity due to drought.
“The Science Academies in Africa recommend adoption and commercialization of approved crops as one of the sustainable options in addressing food insecurity and providing livelihoods of the population,” said Hounkonnou.
The endorsement by the leading scientists from Africa is a big boost to Kenya which recently lifted a 10-year ban on the importation and cultivation of genetically modified (GM) foods.
The scientists noted that countries in Africa, Kenya included have competent national biosafety agencies that ensure stringent assessment of the safety of GM foods before approval for domestication and consumption.
“The move to embrace GM technology will not only benefit Kenya but the whole of Africa where more than 100 million people are facing acute food insecurity due to drought” Prof Norbet Hounkonnou, the NASAC’s president added.