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Crop Biotech Update

SACAU Adopts GMO Policy Framework

June 3, 2011

The Southern African Confederation of Agriculture Unions (SACAU) adopted a policy framework on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) during a meeting in Vereeniging, South Africa last May 18, 2011. The framework acknowledges that GM technology is one of the options that can increase production, improve productivity and income of farmers, and contribute to addressing food security challenges in the region.

In a press release, SACAU noted that the framework recognizes the need for evidence-based decision-making; the right of consumers to choose whether or not to consume GMO products; the need for more research and development as well as the widespread dissemination of the results of such research; and the importance of directly involving farmers in R&D in GMOs.

For further information, contact Ishmael Sunga at ceo@sacau.org.