AU on its way to establishing guidelines on GMO use

AFRICA – The African Union (AU) is developing guidelines for the use of genetically modified (GM) crops across the continent, amid censure from campaigners that some policies favor giant businesses and lack adequate public input. Despite a concerted push by donor-funded schemes to expand the use of such crops in Africa, they have not been widely adopted by the millions of small-scale farmers that make up the backbone of the agricultural sector. The AU, in a draft report on its proposed guidelines, highlighted that only seven countries – South Africa,…

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