Private Sector: Commercial Implementation of Genetically Modified Organisms|
Prospects for commercial implementation of genetically modified organisms in Africa are small. As such, there have been only a few field trials, notably in the Republic of South Africa. The improverished nature of the continent and lack of effective seed industries has led to low demand and acted as a disincentive to private companies. Moreover, major food staples in Africa such as cassava, millets, sorghum and bananas have not attracted private sector interest. Thus, very few biotechnology leads have been achieved, they often do not correspond with private sector needs because of their low turn-over. However, there are some prospects for a few genetically modified plants, such as herbicide-tolerant cotton and maize and insect resistant maize.
Biotechnology, commercialization, private sector