An alliance of 19 CSOs and an organic vegetable farmers group led by the Commons for EcoJustice have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawian authorities, opposing Monsanto’s application to obtain a general release permit for its GM cotton. […]

South Africa’s Experiences with MON810 Maize

A recent briefing paper published by the African Centre for Biosafety examines South Africa’s experience with Monsanto’s earliest insect-resistant Bt technology – MON810 maize – and has found that the product failed within 15 years of adoption. […]

AFSA Statement on COMESA Approval of Harmonised GMO Policy

Statement of concern from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) on the approval of the COMESA ‘Draft Policy Statements and Guidelines for commercial planting of GMOs, Trade in GMOs and Emergency Food aid with GMO content’. […]

African Civil Society Calls on the African Union to Ban Genetically Modified Crops

African civil society is calling on the African Union to ban GM crops because of the dire lack of independent, long term safety data. […]

Overview of GMO Regulatory Regime in South Africa

This paper provides an overview of the GMO regulatory regime in South Africa, highlighting in particular the difficulties in access to information. […]

On Going Concerns About Harmonisation of Biosafety Regulations in Africa

This briefing warns of the dangers lurking in the AU’s Biosafety Stategy with regard to proposed biosafety harmonisation processes that involve several players that raises concern. […]

Regulation of GMOs in South Africa

This paper is written in light of the coming into effect of the Genetically Modified Organisms Amendment Act (No. 23 of 2006).(ii), 10 years after the ‘GMO Act’ became part of the body of post-apartheid statutes in South Africa. […]

Model National Biosafety Law

A law to provide for the regulation of the import, deliberate release into the environment, placing on the market, and the contained use of GMOs and products thereof. […]

GM battle in danger of trampling Africa

Tewolde Egziabher argues that developing nations must put in place biosafety systems based on the precautionary principle, and develop the capacity – no matter how costly – to deal with the risks of genetically modified crops. […]

Model Law for Safety in Biotechnology for Africa

First drafted by the OAU and the Ethiopian Environmental Protection Authority, the African Model Law for Biosafety was designed in order that countries in Africa could adopt it in their law as they move towards the implementation of the Biosafety Protoco […]