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Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
115248
Status
Published
Date of creation
2019-10-29 14:40 UTC (dsavadye@nba.ac.zw)
Date of publication
2019-10-30 20:30 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Biosafety Sensitization and Consultative Workshop
Contact person
Dr. Deckster Tonny Savadye
Acting Chief Executive Officer and Registrar
National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe (NBA)
21 Princess Drive
Newlands
Harare, Harare Metropolitan Province
Zimbabwe, +263-242-782155
Phone:+263 774250315
Fax:+263 4 782856/9
Email:dsavadye@nba.ac.zw
Url:National Biotechnology Authority
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Zimbabwe
Type of initiative
Timeframe
  • Report on a completed initiative
Scope
  • Stand-alone activity
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Government officials (policy makers, administrators, regulators, risk assessors, inspectors, etc.)
  • General public (farmers, politicians, etc)
Start Date
2019-10-23
Ending date
2019-10-23
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
African Biosafety Network of Expertise
Ouagadougou
Burkina Faso
Email:abne@nepadbiosafety.net
Url:http://www.nepadbiosafety.net/
Activity details
Description of the initiative

The African Union Development Agency - New Partnership for Africa's Development / African Biosafety Network of Expertise (AUDA-NEPAD/ABNE), an African Union (AU) organisation responsible for supporting the building of Functional Biosafety Regulatory Systems in Africa Union member states, visited Zimbabwe from 14-17 August 2019 as one of the countries chosen to benefit from their biosafety needs assessment. The AUDA-NEPAD/ABNE officials presented on their mandates and operations before the Parliament Portfolio Committee (PPC) for Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development (HTESTD). They also paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of HTESTD, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement and Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. A request was then made for a platform to demystify biotechnology and GMOs for the parliamentarians and other stakeholders. The was held on 23 October 2019 at the Holiday Inn in Harare, Zimbabwe
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
The workshop will bring together approximately 100 participants, comprising of parliamentarians and stakeholders including other African biosafety agencies, seed companies, farmers' unions, civil civic society, academia and industry.

3. The Expected Outputs were as follows:
i. Policy makers and stakeholders with science based information on GMOs.
ii. Better dialogue on GM crops research

4. The expected Outcomes were:
i. Renewed interest and support for research trials  of GM crops.
ii. An appreciation of modern biotechnology as one of the tools to bring socio-economic development
ii. A strong and confident biosafety framework with public and political support.

5. Impact
Better understanding of GM crops leading to evidence based GMO policies.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Scientific biosafety research relating to LMOs
Language
  • English
Category(ies) of the initiative
  • Awareness raising/education
  • Biosafety research
  • Cooperation/coordination