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The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches$
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Luc Bodiguel and Michael Cardwell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542482.001.0001

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Genetically Modified Organisms in Africa: Regulating a Threat or an Opportunity?

Genetically Modified Organisms in Africa: Regulating a Threat or an Opportunity?

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(p.227) 9 Genetically Modified Organisms in Africa: Regulating a Threat or an Opportunity?
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The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches
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Fikremarkos Merso Birhanu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542482.003.0010

Modern biotechnology has promised much for agriculture, and these promises are certainly attractive in the case of Africa. Importantly, a number of countries in the continent continue to grapple with food insecurity and starvation. But it remains controversial whether modern biotechnology, in its current state, can overcome these unique challenges. For reasons such as biosafety and fear of loss of export markets, Africa has remained largely ambivalent towards GM crops, and the regulatory regimes governing biosafety in several countries largely restrict their development. While recognizing some of the hurdles which modern biotechnology must clear before it can deliver its promises, this chapter argues that the continent stands to benefit from promoting the development and safe use of GM crops. It further argues that African countries should invest heavily in research and development, with a view to owning the technology and ensuring relevance to their circumstances. This should be the guiding objective of biosafety regulation in Africa.

Keywords:   genetically modified organisms, GM crops, biosafety, precautionary principle, risk assessment

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