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Estimates and implications of the costs of compliance with biosafety regulations for African agriculture

In: Genetically modified crops in Africa: Economic and policy lessons from countries south of the Sahara

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  • Falck-Zepeda, Jose Benjamin
  • Zambrano, Patricia

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Modern biotechnology needs to be a part of the tools used for effective pov¬erty alleviation in Africa. As GE crops and other products are regulated products, it is imperative to establish regulatory systems that are commen¬surate with the potential risk of the technology. These systems should be not only flexible enough to adapt to gains in knowledge and experience, but also transparent and fair, and take into consideration all aspects of a broad and inclusive decisionmaking process. Biosafety systems that are too cum¬bersome or inflexible and those that become an insurmountable hurdle will stop this technology in its tracks, even those that have an elevated potential to resolve specific productivity issues of African agriculture. Biosafety thus becomes a process that considers all costs, benefits, and risks of prospective technologies within the scope of overall sustainable agricultural and eco¬nomic development.

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  • Falck-Zepeda, Jose Benjamin & Zambrano, Patricia, 2013. "Estimates and implications of the costs of compliance with biosafety regulations for African agriculture," IFPRI book chapters,in: Falck-Zepeda, Jose Benjamin & Gruère, Guillaume P. & Sithole-Niang, Idah (ed.), Genetically modified crops in Africa: Economic and policy lessons from countries south of the Sahara, chapter 6, pages 159-182 International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    1. Fiedler, John L. & Kilkuwe, Enoch M. & Birol, Ekin, 2013. "An ex ante analysis of the impact and cost-effectiveness of biofortified high-provitamin A and high-iron banana in Uganda:," IFPRI discussion papers 1277, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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