UGANDA – The ruling NRM party has whipped its members into line to support the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill that will, among others, give way to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
ZAMBIA – The Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity Conservation (ZAABC) says there is an influx of genetically-modified (GM) food products in some supermarkets due to failure by the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) to carry out its mandate effectively.
NIGERIA – The continuous delay by the National Assembly in passing the National Biosafety Management Agency Bill is taking its toll on food sufficiency plan of the Federal Government as N225 billion soybean short fall could be addressed if the bill is passed and assented to by the president.
KENYA – Last week’s promise by members of the European Union (EU) that they would allow genetically modified foods from Kenya into their region may have been premature, with the European Parliament taking a new vote on Tuesday.
KENYA – The European Union (EU) has given its stamp of approval to biotechnology and use of genetically modified (GM) foods, urging the Kenya Government to lift the ban on GM food imports.
KENYA – Unilever has given up the legal fight to stop the recall of Aromat food flavour from shop shelves by the biosafety regulator over genetically modified content.
KENYA – Top Kenyan scientists from four public universities want the controversial 2011 ban on consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMO) lifted, arguing that biotechnology offers the country the best way out of perennial hunger and malnutrition.
UGANDA – Going by the contradicting views from various stakeholders including disagreements among scientists, Parliament will have an uphill task in refining the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill to especially safeguard the interests of Uganda against the interests of multinational seed giants like Mosanto.
AFRICA – Opportunities to enhance crop yields and reduce poverty in Africa are being lost because of a “polarised public debate” on the continent, according to a report released this week by international policy institute Chatham House.