Can GM Sorghum Impact Africa?

Trends Biotechnol. 2008 Feb;26(2):64-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2007.10.008. Epub 2008 Jan 11.


It is said that genetic modification (GM) of grain sorghum has the potential to alleviate hunger in Africa. To this end, millions of dollars have been committed to developing GM sorghum. Current developments in the genetic engineering of sorghum are similar to efforts to improve cassava and other traditional African crops, as well as rice in Asia. On closer analysis, GM sorghum is faced with the same limitations as 'Golden Rice' (GM rice) in the context of combating vitamin A deficiency (VAD) efficiently and sustainably. Thus, it is questionable whether the cost of developing GM sorghum can be justified when compared to the cost of investing in sustainable agricultural practice in Africa.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Food, Genetically Modified*
  • Genetic Enhancement / methods*
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / genetics*
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / growth & development*
  • Sorghum / genetics*
  • Sorghum / growth & development*