"Addressing the Impact of Biosafety Systems and Regional Policies - Towards a Regional Approach to Biotechnology Policy in Southern Africa"

"The extent to which modern biotechnology can contribute to agricultural development and sustainability is subject to incensed scrutiny, debate and controversy. This is even more palpable in Africa, where it is hypothesised that modern agricultural biotechnology could provide solutions to many agriculture and food related constraints. African countries therefore face a serious decision on whether to accept such technologies and if they do, how to maximise the associated benefits and minimise the risks. In order to make informed decisions, Governments, stakeholders and role-players need to be aware of the issues surrounding agricultural biotechnology and related products, specifically those related to biosafety policies. The research project currently focuses on three countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), namely Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa. All three these countries have, or are at an advance stage of developing biosafety regulations and legislation even though they have followed different approaches."