Starved for Science

Robert Paarlberg

Enterprise Africa! researcher Daniel Sacks reviews Robert Paarlberg's "Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa."

Today much of Africa remains hungry. Almost a third of sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. Since the late 1960s Africa's agricultural production has been in decline: Farm productivity has dropped and food imports have risen. African governments are complicit in the continent's hunger because they have hindered their citizens' ability to grow as much food as possible.

In Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa, Robert Paarlberg argues that Africa fails to feed itself in part because of the limited use of biotechnology and blames African governments and their European counterparts for that failure. Starved for Science explains how the increased use of genetically modified seeds would benefit African farmers—and stomachs—and explains why the use of biotechnology and other agricultural science is so limited in Africa.

See what Enterprise Africa researcher Dan Sacks has to say.


Citation (Chicago-Style)

Sacks, Daniel. "Review of Starved for Science." The Freeman, April 2009.