Newsweek recently ran an story about how Africans are increasingly weighing the benefits of plant biotechnology for coping with some of their most important development challenges, including climate change adaptation, reversing rising levels of hunger, and better accessing markets.
The crops which result from this R&D are being called the second generation of biotechnology advancements:
The result is a second wave of GM food crops adapted to the needs of poor nations. Emerging nations are turning to gene splicing to boost food supply (not just agribusiness profits) and to protect harvests from the ravages of climate change, pests and pathogens. The new crops are hardier and healthier versions of staple crops.