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To enhance and synergize research
capacity for biotechnology
innovation and development,
regulation, and public understanding
on biotech-led agricultural
and health solutions in Kenya.


Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium



ACCEPTANCE OF GMOs and GM TECHNOLOGY


Acceptance of GMO foods and technology is a current debate in many countries across the world. However, many developed countries have largely embraced the technology, and the only active debate there regards labeling regulations, whether GMO foods should be labeled or not.

In Kenyan, a section of the public and even political leaders have expressed concern regarding the safety of GM foods and products to human health. These debates rage against a background of national food security crisis; with millions facing possible starvation while hundreds of thousands either malnourished or threatened.


Three Fundamental Questions:
To what extent are GMO foods accepted in Kenya?
We conducted a study to answer this question.
Finally, we show global trend in GM consumption.

ACCEPTANCE OF GMO FOODS IN KENYA


Study conducted by Agricultural Biotechnology support Programme (ABSP) University of Nairobi (2010-2011) showed:

— Majority of Kenyans (87%) accept GM food and products
— Levels of GM acceptance are similar across regions of Kenya
Urban areas accept GMO foods more than rural areas
— Awareness increases acceptance of GM foods
90% support the use og GM technology in farming systems
Majority prefer maize as the best crop for GM technology
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University of Nairobi Survey



Survey by National Biossafety Authority opinion poll


University Partners


University of Nairobi
Kenyatta University
Egerton University
JKUAT
Mount Kenya University
University of Eldoret
Maseno

Other Partners


Kenya Medical Association
ISAAA
AATF
NACOSTI
Ministry of Agriculture