The magic trick of putting a rabbit into a hat, making it disappear and pulling out 10 doves is a bit like what genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are to farming. Because GMOs are also magical. They’re transformative. And they work. Africa suffers from cataclysmic food shortages and many countries have struggled through lost harvests due to drought, man-made land degradation and declining soil fertility, among other things. Coupled with surging population growth, that’s a bad combination, especially as the number of Africans is expected to double to 2.4-billion by 2050. According to the UN, more than 230-million Africans, about a quarter of the continent’s population, face hunger and malnutrition. Importing food to help fill the gap is costly. With government coffers across the continent severely constrained, largely due to the commodity slump, Africa will need to grow more of its own food. GMOs are a more precise method of plant breeding. They allow scientists to take a desirabl...

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