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
Modern biotechnology needs to be a part of the tools used for effective povÂ¬erty alleviation in Africa. As GE crops and other products are regulated products, it is imperative to establish regulatory systems that are commenÂ¬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 cumÂ¬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 ecoÂ¬nomic development.
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