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Kenya to import 1st genetically modified maize amid drought, food shortage


Kenya is set to import its first genetically modified maize, the trade cabinet secretary has said, as the government seeks to ease food shortages caused by the country’s worst drought in 40 years.

Local media reported that Kenya will on Friday authorize the duty-free importation of 10 million bags of maize over the next six months, and for the first time it will include genetically modified maize.

The imports will be the first since President William Ruto lifted a decade-long ban last month on the cultivation and importation of genetically modified crops, which authorities hope will improve crop yields and food security as millions face hunger.

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10 million bags of maize will be imported to Kenya over the next six months. Pictured: Villager Caroline is seen in a withered maize crops field amid a historically devastating drought in Kidemu sub-location in Kilifi County, Kenya, March 23, 2022. 

10 million bags of maize will be imported to Kenya over the next six months. Pictured: Villager Caroline is seen in a withered maize crops field amid a historically devastating drought in Kidemu sub-location in Kilifi County, Kenya, March 23, 2022. 
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“In view of the food situation in the country, I shall be signing instruments to allow duty free imports of GMO (genetically modified) and non GMO Maize for the next 6 months,” secretary Moses Kuria said on Twitter.

Annual rains have failed across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia for the last four seasons, forcing 1.5 million people out of their homes in search of water and food elsewhere.



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