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Will Ethiopia be a springboard or a stonewall for GM crops in Africa?

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Fig. 1: Timeline of events ensuing Ethiopia’s contrasting regulations about GMOs.


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Sida, T.(. Will Ethiopia be a springboard or a stonewall for GM crops in Africa?. Nat Biotechnol 39, 147–148 (2021).

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