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USING BIOTECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN THE SADC REGION

STRENGTHENING BIOSAFETY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY CAPACITY ACROSS SOUTHERN AFRICA

FACILITATING INFORMED DECISION-MAKING ON THE USE OF GMOS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

ENSURING ACCESS TO SAFE FOOD IN THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

STRENGTHENING BIOSAFETY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY CAPACITY ACROSS SOUTHERN AFRICA

We have added new biotechnology training videos

We have added new biotechnology training videos

 

GMASSURE: Assuring agricultural and food safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Southern Africa (GMASSURE)

GMASSURE is an African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Science & Technology Programme funded by the European Union (EU), and the Department of Science & Technology South Africa (DST).

The overall objective of our project is to assist in increasing agricultural productivity in the SADC region by improving knowledge about, and increasing capacity of agricultural biosafety and biotechnology, and the safe use of genetically modified (GM) agricultural crops.

We work closely with scientists, government officials and policy makers, small and large scale farming communities, other relevant interest groups and the general public across the Southern African Development Community, striving to promote sustainable agricultural practices and enhance food security across the region.


 

 

BECAUSE MALNUTRITION IN THE SADC REGION URGENTLY NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN.

Malnutrition in the SADC region urgently needs to be addressed through the supply of sufficient safe, healthy, nutritious food using a broad range of available technologies. However, across the world there is still considerable debate around the use of GMOs, with conflicting viewpoints and legislation emanating from different government departments. It is no different in Southern Africa.

There is thus an urgent need for a harmonisation of approaches to genetically modified (GM) crops and their products in the SADC, and also to spread knowledge about their safe use. There needs to be much more regional cohesion in terms of attitudes to GM crops and food derived from GMOs.

This is where we come in.

WE CONDUCT AND FACILITATE WORKSHOPS, SYMPOSIUMS AND TRAINING COURSES THAT BRING TOGETHER VALUE CHAIN ACTORS. We strive to raise awareness around issues and strengthen capacity of government officials and regulators as well as scientists. We also produce materials and information which can be downloaded from our website (SEE LITERATURE) and disseminated via email (Newsletters). READ MORE ABOUT WHAT WE DO HERE We also have an ONLINE PANEL who can assist with your queries and comments. DOWNLOAD OUR ACTIVITIES SHEET HERE…

OUR PROGRAMMES CAN BENEFIT A WIDE RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING: Government regulators who are involved in establishing policies on GMOs, enacting legislation and decision-making regarding applications for introduction of GMOs. Scientists who are, or who may in future become, involved in research, training and provision of advice to government structures on issues of GMO safety, all stakeholders in the agricultural value chain. Government officials and policy makers who are responsible for handling GMO regulatory issues. Farmers and others in the agriculture and food value chain who need to make decisions regarding adoption of new technologies. Scientists and students who will benefit from having better information regarding GMO safety. Our project has a special focus on gender equity and will target women stakeholders in various sectors. The public who require reassurances that GMOs are safe for propagation and consumption.

The GMASSURE project is based in South Africa (Pretoria, Johannesburg), Namibia (Windhoek) and Zimbabwe (Harare), with support from Denmark. However, All SADC countries and their stakeholders have the opportunity to participate. Should you wish to learn more about what we are doing and get involved, do not hesitate to contact us through the relevant contact person at one of our partner institutions. Click here for contact details of involved persons and institutions.