African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12291

Full Length Research Paper

Readiness of the Nigerian public for the introduction of genetically modified crops into the food market

Oluwakemi H. Oladipo
  • Oluwakemi H. Oladipo
  • Bioresources Development Center, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
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Rauf R. Ibrahim
  • Rauf R. Ibrahim
  • Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, University of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
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Seyi E. Adeboye
  • Seyi E. Adeboye
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Department, National Biotechnology Development Agency, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.
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Harry Kuiper
  • Harry Kuiper
  • Formerly RIKILT – Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands.
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  •  Received: 09 April 2020
  •  Accepted: 17 June 2020
  •  Published: 31 July 2020

Abstract

Genetically modified crops (GM crops) have gained wide attention over the years some GM crops have been undergoing field trials in Nigeria, but they have not proceeded to commercial cultivation due to the absence of regulatory law. The biosafety act was passed into law in 2015 and the presence of this law, can see to the progression of the GM crops from field trials to commercialization. This study investigated the readiness of potential consumers for the possible introduction of these GM crops into the food market. The survey was designed to investigate among other factors their willingness to consume GM crops and to identify their concerns, if any. The results obtained indicated that most of the respondents have medium level knowledge about GMO\GM crops. The desire to consume GM crops among respondents varied and many respondents indicated that they have concerns about GM crops. Their concern was primarily related to potential health risks. Participants also indicated the need for further information about GMOs and stated the factors that influence their attitude towards GM crops. The internet and the media (newspapers, TV etc.) were stated as the means of previous knowledge about GMOs and the internet was again requested as a means of further information about GMOs. Based on this study, regulatory authorities and relevant stakeholders can understand the position and concerns of the consumers prior to the commercialization of GM crops in Nigeria.

 

Key words: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), crops, food, biotechnology, biosafety, risk perception, policy.