Biotechnology and Biosafety

Media briefing on GM Crops for African Farmers, May 19, 2009

  • In February 2009, Kenya enacted its Biosafety Bill, joining Mali and Togo, which passed national biosafety laws in 2008. Kenya had been working on biosafety legislation for the responsible production and use of agricultural biotechnology, including GM crops, since 2002.
  • South Africa, which has been producing GM crops for more than 10 years, has a fully functioning biosafety system to safely market, export, and import both GM and non-GM crops.
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