GM cotton halts spread of organic cotton

    | April 11, 2011

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    The number of farmers growing genetically modified cotton in Burkina Faso has risen sharply in recent years. Organic cotton production had been increasing, but the spread of GM cotton is now threatening to stop organic cotton in its tracks.

    In news from Kenya this week, the Kenya Seed Company (KSC) announced that there is a major shortage of certified hybrid maize seed. It is planting time and many farmers cannot access the seed they require. KSC’s Managing Director urges farmers to diversify by growing crops such as sorghum, millet and cassava, and not to rely on maize alone.

    Small-scale farmers in Zimbabwe are keen to expand their dairy enterprises. In our third story, dairy farmers discuss the difficulties which currently hold them back.

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