Biotech and IT: tools for change
In Africa, modern agriculture is severely underfunded due to political corruption, with millions of dollars annually siphoned off by corrupt officials, and wrong public spending priorities.
Biotechnology, the practice of genetically modifying plants and the use of products of genetic engineering like recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), an artificial growth hormone, on livestock to multiply food yields, is a twenty-first century form of applied agricultural science that has revolutionized Western farming.
Making crops resistant to diseases, parasites and drought is one of the benefits of biotechnology for multiplying agricultural yields, but the wider effect of the technology, such as the possible chance of causing slight mutations not intended to occur is a source of concern.
Chemical manufacturer Mon Santo has developed a strain of oil seed rape, which is immune to their own brand of weed killer used to cleanse fields. This will have the effect of having nothing for insects to feed on, no insects, no birds and so on.
Biotechnology is still new and many people remain unconvinced it is safe for both humans and the environment
Information technology (IT) is contributing to the search for solutions to poverty, hunger and starvation in Africa. The internet is useful in promoting the fight against food waste in the developed world and war on starvation in Africa.
The internet is an effective medium for the dissemination of information about poverty, hunger and famine in Africa that the general public would otherwise not receive. IT is a powerful tool for broadening awareness on poverty and starvation in Africa and assists with persuading people to join the cause to fight the colossal food waste that takes place even as millions starve in Africa.
IT is an essential tool to fighting and winning the war on poverty, hunger and famine in Africa. The internet is useful in supporting online campaigns and research. This is how the War on Famine will be won.
Diagram (top of page): strand of DNA, which is at the heart of genetic modification.