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GMO potato can help Bangladeshi farmers cut pesticide use

Bangladesh is the world’s seventh-largest producer of potatoes. Most of the crop is grown by small-holder farmers.

Farmers harvest potatoes in the Chuadanga District of Bangladesh. Photo by Md.Arif Hossain

Akhter Hossain, a 46-year-old married father of three in the Chuadanga District, is one of them. He estimates that about 40 percent of the farmers in his area are engaged in potato cultivation, along with growing other cash crops.

Burkina Faso's GMO cotton mistakes won't be repeated in Africa, stakeholders say

A cotton field in Burkina Faso. Photo by Joseph Opoku Gakpo 

Stakeholders in the agricultural biotechnology sector are offering assurances that the problems that prompted Burkina Faso to temporarily halt cultivation of genetically engineered cotton won’t be repeated with GMO crops in other African countries.

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