We strive to achieve these goals as follows:
(The activities below address the lack of capacity and increase the knowledge of stakeholders, giving them the information required to make informed decisions with reference to GMOs and GM food):
- Bringing together agricultural value chain actors to discuss the most pressing issues around GM food acceptance in their respective countries
- Raising awareness of the importance of appropriate biosafety regulations and biosafety risk analysis (risk assessment, risk management and decision making) amongst key stakeholders, particularly government officials and scientists involved in providing input and support to regulatory activities in agricultural production.
- Strengthening the capacity of regulators, scientists and policy makers in biosafety and biotechnology through GMO biosafety workshops and training courses.
- Provision of biosafety information that is accessible online, or available on CD and DVD where Internet access is not possible, tailored to the Southern African region.
- Organisation of workshops for scientists and government officials to raise awareness and discuss the implications of new emerging (bio)technologies.
- Provision of biosafety risk analysis training to scientists, policy makers and government officials.
- Provision and dissemination of accurate and appropriate information on GMOs through newsletters and brochures.
- Creation of an experienced, expert online biotechnology and biosafety panel that will answer questions relating to GMOs and GM food (See DISCUSSION FORUM.)
- Dissemination of accurate agricultural and food safety information generated during the project, as well as collated from other relevant resources, to farmers, extension officers, the general public, cultural and religious groups and the anti-GM fraternity.