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Adoption of GMO cowpea, rice could offer substantial boost to Ghana’s farmers and consumers, study says

Cowpea is the most widely produced grain legume in Ghana and a key food security crop. In northern Ghana, where most of Ghana’s cowpea is produced, the crop helps households overcome the annual hunger gap between planting and harvesting times. This is important for regions that have a monomodal rainfall distribution with a long lean season.

Rice is a staple food across Ghana. Some estimates suggest that rice is the most consumed cereal per capita after maize ….

This paper uses an innovative research process to quantify the potential impacts of releasing and adopting insect-resistant (IR) cowpea and nitrogen-use efficient (NUE) rice in Ghana …. Ghana’s stakeholders selected the two genetically modified (GM) technologies discussed here based on their assessment of these GM products’ regulatory advancement and their economic and political importance …. [T]he authors estimate that the benefits of adopting IR cowpea are between US$5.5 million and US$125.3 million, and between US$1.9 million and US$153 million for NUE rice.

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These findings underscore the opportunity for policymakers and decision makers to invest in policies that …. foster conditions to increase farmers’ and consumers’ uptake of these technologies. Investments in effective extension practices and seed delivery might be one such policy that could merit the attention of decision makers.

Read full, original article: Adoption of GM crops in Ghana. Ex ante estimations for insect-resistant (IR) cowpea and nitrogen-use efficient (NUE) rice

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  1. Am I the only one to think the “estimates” are ridiculously far apart? The numbers (in millions of dollars) are very specific, 5.5 to 125.3 and 1.9 to 153, not 5 – 125 and 2 – 150, both of which are too far apart to seem right anyway, but instead they are complete with decimals!
    The numbers (even in the original article) are not explained in any way. If it said 5.5 when compared to blah blah blah, and up to 125.3 if we factor in XYZ, it may be excusable, but 1.9 to 153 with no explanation doesn’t make sense (at least to me), it seems like massive figures stuck in there to impress you.

    Then again a certain insurance company has made it’s name advertising “you could save up to 15% or more”, which clearly means nothing when you look at it logically, “could” means you might not, “up to” means less than or equal, and “or more” means or greater than, therefor you might save zero to 15% or more than 15%. The figure 15 could equally be 5 or 25, and still be “true” by their standards.
    A more honest way of saying it would be “you might save some money” but that wouldn’t sell as many policies.

    Here the estimates might have been “up to $125m” and “as much as $150m”, still not good estimates (even if we hear these kind of figures from the Govt all the time, usually in billions or trillions), we sub-consciously imagine the lower figure to be close to the upper one, because it is being called an estimate!

    Rant over.

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