African countries are currently having trouble releasing their biotech crops popularly known as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to farmers, but scientists seem to be embracing a new strategy to ensure that there exist relevant regulatory systems.
On July 18, the biosafety agencies and partners across the continent gathered in Entebbe, Uganda, for the second biennial Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Communication (ABBC) symposium themed ‘strengthening communication for improved biosafety management’ to interrogate innovative communication techniques that can address the gap. This they belivee will help in building confidence in the biosafety systems and the safe and beneficial use of agri-biotechnology.
Margaret Karembu, the director of the Africa office of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri biotech Applications (ISAAA) and the principal coordinator, ABBC, said the three-day symposium offered an opportunity for agencies across the continent to share experiences and best practices on biosafety communication.
“Biosafety communication is an often neglected aspect of the risk analysis and decision making processes for biotech crops which requires urgent investment and development,” she said. Read more