People’s perceptions on sustainable intensification of genetically modified crops for food security and climate mitigation in Kenya

Worldwide, genetically modified (GM) crops are perceived as necessary for sustainable agriculture to enhance food security and mitigate climate change. The adoption of these crops is not without ranging debates on their perceived risks and benefits. These crops’ DNA is altered so as to enhance them for characteristics such as drought, pest and disease resistance. In some countries of Europe as well as in the USA, cultivation of genetically modified crops is largely driven by stakeholders’ perceptions regarding the technology. In Africa, adoption of GM crops is not as rapid since the debate about GM crops has been conducted with little involvement of key group stakeholders. If adoption is to improve, establishing the perception of the stakeholders is paramount. This study will establish key stakeholder perception in Kenya using a multi dimensional instrument so as to determine their attitude based on six dimensions. The target population will comprise of farmers,consumers, policy makers etc. The study will enhance the current limited knowledge in African literature about genetically modified crops. This will assist to design specific programs which address the lack of information in the continent as well as contribute to the current dialogue on GM crops.

Project leader(s):
  • Virginia Gichuru (Research Services Department and School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Strathmore University)

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