Major breakthrough for farmers and scientists as Nigerian biotech body approves commercial release of genetically modified cowpea

  • From

    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

  • Published on

    11.02.19

  • Challenges

    Food Security

  • Funders

    United States of America

Following more than two decades of research, field trials, and risk assessment by multiple organizations, on 29 January, the Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) approved the commercial release of the resulting genetically modified cowpea to farmers in Nigeria. This places the country on the path to becoming the first country ever to cultivate biotech cowpea. This development adds a new crop to the global biotech basket from Africa.
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