Biotechnology: Advances in genetic engineering

In ACP countries, recent biotechnology developments are making significant advances in producing more climate tolerant and disease resistant crops and livestock breeds.

Biosafety regulation for GM crops in Africa is still being developed. Nigeria is the latest country to pass a law to regulate GMOs

2015 African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)
SOURCE: 2015 African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)

Related Facts and Figures


GM crop breeding tools

Whilst transgenic crops use genes from unrelated organisms, cisgenic crops use genes from a wild relative.

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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Africa’s GM drive

Africa has a rich diversity of GM crop trials. GM crops are only commercially grown in three countries

SOURCE: Nature (

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.