Umudike Journal of Engineering and Technology

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike


GENETIC MODIFICATION: PANACEA FOR FOOD INSECURITY IN NIGERIA

Tosin, P.
Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State

Orhevba, B. A.
Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B 65, Minna, Niger State

Dirioha, C.
Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State



ABSTRACT

Nigeria’s food security problem remains a critical challenge with the ever growing population of the country. Food security can be said to be achieved when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Nigeria’s food insecurity involves problem of insufficient food production, hunger, under-nutrition and eventually malnutrition which tend to exist in varying proportions. The effective production of genetically modified (GM) crops has the potential to alleviate food security problems, end food shortages, meet nation’s nutritional requirement and improve the socioeconomic life of the country’s teeming population. This review focuses on the potential and sustainability of biotechnology through genetically modified crops to provide solutions to food insecurity in Nigeria.



Keywords: Nigeria, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Genetic Modification, Food Security


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Conference Code
IECON2019

Conference Title
ENGINEERING FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION, FOOD AND NATIONAL SECURITY

ISBN
978-978-53175-8-9

Date Published
Friday, September 20, 2019

Conference Date
2nd - 4th September, 2019

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