What role can crop biotechnology play in feeding Nigeria’s growing population?

[Editor’s note: Modesta Nnedinso Abugu is program assistant for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology-Nigeria Chapter and Fellow of Cornell University’s Alliance for Science Program.]

Nigeria will be the world’s third most populous country by 2050, according to the United Nations’ (UN) projections for West Africa.

Modesta Nnedinso Abugu

Suggesting agricultural biotechnology solutions to our food insecurity challenge was the topic of discussion at a recent Washington, D.C., panel event.


I spoke to the role that science plays in decision-making, including the need for advocacy and communication on agricultural biotech. I also elaborated on the potential for biotechnology to boost the Nigerian economy, such as helping to increase the country’s exchange earnings, productivity and gross domestic product, while improving crop resilience during periods of low rainfall and reducing the need for farm labor.

Overall, I believe that a combination of all possible technologies, especially crop biotechnology, is what Nigeria needs as the problems of pest and insect attacks, diseases, climate change and malnutrition continue to affect all agricultural zones in Nigeria.


The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: What role can biotech play in addressing food security in Nigeria?

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