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Biotechnology can enhance food production in Kenya

The recent endorsement of agricultural biotechnology by President Barack Obama through a letter to Julie Borlaug, the granddaughter of Norman Borlaug, the ‘father of the Green Revolution’, is a pointer of how important this technology is in food production and security in the world.

President Obama said that he shares his belief that “investment in enhanced biotechnology is an essential component of the solution to some of our planet’s most pressing agricultural problems,” and that his government will use the “technologies…to help farmers and ranchers face the climate challenges ahead.”

It is worth noting that these technologies can also help our country and indeed the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa to cope with the challenge of climate change that is ravaging our agriculture.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that climate change will lead to a decline in agricultural yields of up to two per cent each decade as the demand for food increases by 14 per cent per decade.