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April 4th, 2017 / SciDev.net

Poor capacity in biosecurity remains a major obstacle to agricultural trade in Africa and limits farmers’ incomes and food security, a meeting has heard.

The 4th Africa Plant Biosecurity Network workshop held in Zambia on 27 February-3 March noted that effective biosecurity system could boost regional and international trade in agricultural products in Africa.

Biosecurity refers to procedures or measures that protect the population against harmful biological or biochemical substances.

“These challenges show the need to build capacity of response. We have been reactive. That is the problem,” aid Dennis Rangi of CABI. Read more