What are GE’s prospects for increasing future crop yields in developing countries?
The record so far suggests that GE is unlikely to play a major role in increasing yields in developing countries—especially those with limited public infrastructure—in the foreseeable future. Overall, GE has not had a major impact on yields in developing countries. As with developed countries, there are only a few GE crops, with herbicide-tolerant soybeans being most widely grown (in South America), followed by Bt cotton, primarily in India and China. There are small amounts of Bt maize (corn) in South Africa and a few other countries.
- Most of the need for increased crop yield is in developing countries. Has GE increased food crop yields in those parts of the world?
- Looking to the Future Implications of the DOI How can the DOI help developing countries, and how can the DOI help policy analysis?
- Is a technological breakthrough likely soon that would increase GE crop yields?