KENYA - The Kenya School of Monetary Studies (commonly referred to as KSMS) will be the venue for the 2016 edition of the African Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit (AFMASS) Conference & Expo.
KENYA – Kenya has made an important stride on the path that could eventually enable farmers to access GMO technology by providing “conditional approval for the environmental release” of Bt maize.
ZAMBIA – The Livestock Development Trust (LDT) says Government should consider setting up a livestock regulatory authority that will compel livestock farmers and traders to adhere to policies that support the development of the sector.
SOUTH AFRICA – South African and US veterinary authorities have signed a health protocol agreement allowing for the import of US bone-in-chicken portions, overcoming one of the major obstacles to the continued access of SA’s agricultural products into the US market under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
ETHIOPIA - Ethiopia did not have its own aflatoxin contamination standards on milk but has used American standards on the issue.
NIGERIA - Non-oil exports from Nigeria continue to face mass rejection at entry points in many countries in Europe for failure by exporters to comply with standards specified by the countries.
AFRICA - Unduly restrictive regulations and trade barriers that limit the use of GMOs in many countries will cost developing nations as much as US$1.5 trillion by 2050 if they are not stopped, according to a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
ZAMBIA - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has launched a roadmap that will address differences in standards and regulations that hinder regional trade in maize.
WORLD – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation to promote international food trade and safety in ways that improve peoples' nutrition and allow small-scale producers to have better access to international agriculture markets.
NIGERIA - Renowned agriculturist and food security expert, Dr. Joseph Odusanya, has called on the federal government to embrace the cutting-edge bio-crops biotechnology, the latest innovation in plantlets and seed multiplication, as the solution to the country’s food challenge.
TANZANIA - Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) has said legalisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) cotton in the country will help revive growing of the crop in regions that were barred to do so as a measure to control pests and diseases.
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