African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE)

Increasing the competitiveness of African agriculture includes the adoption of powerful technologies such as biotechnology. Harnessing the potential of modern biotechnology, especially genetically modified crops in Africa, requires adequate capacity building in biosafety.

The NEPAD Agency’s African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) lends its expertise to African countries in the effective use of science and biotechnology to pursue agricultural development.

The services provided by ABNE include scientific and technical information, training, education, and advisory support on the design and production of guides presenting standard operating procedures and practical biosecurity guidelines. The training and resources are utilised for reviewing biosafety applications, monitoring, and compliance of laboratory and greenhouse trials, confined field trials, general releases, and imports and exports of biotechnology food and feed products. In addition, ABNE facilitates...

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ABNE has provided consulting services and technical support in cultivating four biotech crops – rice, beans, sweet potatoes and cotton – to several African countries in response to government requests.

Increasing the competitiveness of African agriculture includes the adoption of powerful technologies such as biotechnology. Harnessing the potential of modern biotechnology, especially genetically modified crops in Africa, requires adequate capacity building in biosafety.

The NEPAD Agency’s African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) lends its expertise to African countries in the effective use of science and biotechnology to pursue agricultural development.

The services provided by ABNE include scientific and technical information, training, education, and advisory support on the design and production of guides presenting standard operating procedures and practical biosecurity guidelines. The training and resources are utilised for reviewing biosafety applications, monitoring, and compliance of laboratory and greenhouse trials, confined field trials, general releases, and imports and exports of biotechnology food and feed products. In addition, ABNE facilitates policy dialogue through networking activities that bring together African regulators, policymakers, scientists, and other relevant stakeholders at national, regional, and international levels.

Operating from its offices in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, ABNE was established in partnership with Michigan State University with financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Results:

Since 2009, ABNE services have helped strengthen the national biosafety systems in several countries in Africa. ABNE draws upon existing expertise and resources, while strengthening linkages with both African and global institutions to expand the network. Some key achievements of ABNE include:

  • More than 2,500 regulators, policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders have received biosafety training

  • A functioning biosafety system was established in Ghana that enabled the review and informed decision-making on applications for field testing of genetically engineered rice, cowpea, cotton and sweet potato

  • Development of workable regulations and adoption of best-practices in ensuring regulatory compliance for confined field and multi-location trials in Nigeria

  • An improved biosafety policy has been adopted in Burkina Faso

  • ABNE has provided consulting services and technical support in cultivating four biotech crops – rice, beans, sweet potatoes and cotton – to several African countries in response to government requests.

Policy Report

This report serves as an account of the progress made by ABNE in 16 African countries, the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and ECOWAS, in 2015. In the report, a brief reference is made to implementation challenges faced in some countries. By the end of the reporting period, ABNE...

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