SACAU Policy Conference: GMOs in Agricultural development
16 -17th May 2011
Media Release - SACAU adopts GMO Policy framework
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SACAU’s conference on GMOs in Agricultural Development Setting the Scene
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GM agriculture: Promises or problems for farming in South Africa?
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Agricultural Finance within an Ever Changing Environment
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Recap on Key Issues Emerging from Day One of the Policy Conference
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Close to a hundred (100) stakeholders representing farmers, food security experts, seed traders, researchers, development agencies and regulators convened at Vereeniging, South Africa to deliberate various papers at the conference on GMOs in Agricultural Development – a perspective of farmers in Southern Africa. Topics covered included: GMOs in the context of biotech in agriculture; pro-GMO and anti-GMO perspectives; market access/trade issues; consumer perspectives; existing policy frameworks; and, recent technological advances in the area.
Key outcomes of the conference include a statement by farmers endorsing the use of GM technology as an option for farmers, and not as a panacea to agricultural development.
This conference contributes to SATHs schedule of activities which include an analysis and overview of GMO issues: national GMO standards, compliance requirements, international biotechnology trends (cereals, legumes and cotton).
Kevin Kabunda, Private Sector Engagement Specialist, and Nelson Chisenga, Agricultural Economist, represented SATH. The conference was used as a platform for creating networks as well as building consensus for a deliberate mechanism for producers to state their case on choices for increasing their productivity. Increasing awareness on results and using lessons on partnerships between government and producers in South Africa and Burkina Faso will become key in supporting SACAU and its members, particularly for non-food commodities in the medium term.