Ethiopia approves trials with GMO potatoes

Media: Farmers Trend

Ethiopia’s deregulatory plans around GMO crops focus on gene editing, a type of genetic modification that is heavily restricted in the European Union countries.  However, the GM potatoes project has been pushed in Africa by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Potato Center (CIP). CIP is the research center within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), stated as working to help African countries, among others, develop GM potatoes. Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda have already joined CIP as members.