Kenya 'effectively' Lifts Ban on Genetically Modified Crops

Kenya 'effectively' Lifts Ban on Genetically Modified Crops
Oct 04, 2022

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Kenya's new president says the Cabinet has "effectively" lifted the country's ban on openly cultivating genetically modified crops, reversing a decade-old decision as the East African country struggles with food security and a deadly drought.

"Open cultivation and importation of White (GMO) Maize is now authorized," the presidency statement said Monday, after years of concerns in Kenya and much of the African continent over the safety of genetically modified foods.

Earlier this year, the United States via its trade representative's office criticized Kenya over its ban and the effects on U.S.  to East Africa's commercial hub. The ban also affected food aid, the office asserted in its  published in March.

U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai led the U.S. delegation to Ruto's inauguration last month and noted the new president's support for shared "regional priorities" including enhancing two-way trade.

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