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Newly elected government poised to open door to GMOs in Kenya

Food security played a major role during the presidential campaign. The price of unga—our staple food of maize meal—had risen sharply, due in part to a bad drought. People were hungry and worried about what they would eat next. President Kenyatta and Deputy President [William] Ruto have stressed the importance of available, accessible and affordable food.

There are no simple solutions to the problem of food security, but we’re on the brink of adopting a technological tool that promises to help—and the results of last week’s elections may represent a crucial step along the way.

Freshly elected to his office, Deputy President Ruto is in a prime position to become a champion of agricultural technology for Kenya. If Kenya moves forward as it should, he may even gain notice as a global figure who understands that openness to innovation can improve food security in the developing world.  Best of all, he’s not alone. GMOs need not become a partisan issue in Kenya.

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