B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
As Uganda continues to grapple with its biotech future, scientists have launched an initiative to help local farmers better understand what’s included in the nation’s biotechnology safety law.
The law was approved by the nation’s parliament in December 2017, but still awaits the signature of President Yoweri Museveni, who has expressed reservations about the measure.
As researchers and farmers eagerly await resolution, a battle is still being waged by anti-GMO activists hoping to derail the law. Opponents have organized what they call farmer community outreach meetings, where gatherings of farmers are given information attacking the safety and potential impacts of GMO crops.
To counter these efforts, Uganda’s GMO crop researchers and development partners from the Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development (SCIFODE) have launched their own educational efforts targeting farmers. Read more