ZAMBIA – The National Bio-safety Authority (NBA) has granted Shoprite permission to start importing foodstuff that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
KENYA – Kenya has made an important stride on the path that could eventually enable farmers to access GMO technology by providing “conditional approval for the environmental release” of Bt maize.
TANZANIA – Local consumers will have the last say on whether the government should endorse or repel genetically engineered food from becoming part of the country’s food chain.
AFRICA – Unduly restrictive regulations and trade barriers that limit the use of GMOs in many countries will cost developing nations as much as US$1.5 trillion by 2050 if they are not stopped, according to a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
NIGERIA – The Federal Government has tasked the country’s scientists and researchers to domesticate its biotechnology practice to prevent Nigeria from becoming a dumping ground for foreign Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs) or products.
NAMIBIA – Namib Mills has reacted swiftly to restore its company’s image and to dismiss any consumer concerns amid allegations that its leading maize brand, Top Score, contains a high percentage of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
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.