Position Statements on Biotechnology


Website: http://www.africabio.com/index.shtml

Africabio is a non-for-profit biotechnology organization whose objectives include the following: Informing key stakeholders (e.g. ministers, executive council members, and parliamentary portfolio committees and industries in the food, feed and fibre sectors); Providing accurate information on biotechnology to the media and general public; Providing international organisations lobbying for or against biotechnology with information on the need for this technology in South Africa and Africa.

AfricaBio seeks to provide a platform that brings together all groups active in the food chain in one forum to debate the issues surrounding biotechnology. Its mission is to promote the safe, ethical and responsible research, development and application of biotechnology and its products.

Position Papers http://www.africabio.com/position.shtml

  • Intellectual Property Rights & Farmers' Rights
  • How Genetic Modification Impacts Sustainalbe Agriculture
  • GMO Labelling
  • Genetic Modification and Biodiversity
  • Bio-Ethics
  • The Impact of Genetic Modification on Bio Safety
  • Multilateral Trade and the World Trade Organisation
  • AfricaBio's Position paper presented at the Bali PREPCOM 1V Meeting
  • Biotechnology in South Africa - A Report submitted by AfricaBio to the 2002 WSSD

International Support:

  1. International Organizations
  2. Africa
  3. Asia
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Latin America
  7. Oceania

International Organizations

- Food and Agricultural Organization
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Development Programme
- United Nations Environment Programme
- Third World Academy of Sciences

- Agenda 21
- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
- Vatican Pontifical Academy on Life

- International Council for Science Union

- International Life Sciences Institute


- International Society of African Scientists
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
- Africabio
- South African Minister Ngubane's statement at WSSD
- National Biotechnology Strategy for South Africa
- Former Kenyan President Moi's letter to US President Clinton

- Nigerian President Obasanjo's Statement


- Asian Development Bank
- Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Indian National Academy of Sciences
- National Academy of Science and Technology (Philippines)
- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir's Speech at BioMalaysia 2002
- Policy Statement on Biotechnology (Philippines)


- Royal Society of London

- Prime Minister Blair's speech

- European Commission

- French Academy of Science

North America


United States of America

- American Medical Association
- American Society for Microbiology
- National Academy of Sciences
- National Research Council
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- Federation of Animal Science Societies
- American Midwest Farmers

  • American Agri-Women
  • American Soybean Association
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Cotton Council
  • National Milk Producers Federation
  • National Potato Council
  • National Turkey Federation
  • United Soybean Board


- Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
- The Royal Society of Canada (The Canadian Academy of the Sciences and Humanities)
- Industry Canada (Federal Department of Industry)
- The 1998 Canadian Biotechnology Strategy: A Ongoing Renewal Process

Latin America

- Brazilian Academy of Sciences
- Mexican Academy of Sciences


- New Zealand Royal Commission

- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
- Australia New Zealand Food Authority
- Australian Biotechnology: A National Strategy (2000)

- National Farmers' Federation

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