GM crop trials - from paper to practice

The development of genetically modified crops continues to be controversial - Arne Hoel/World Bank

The development of genetically modified crops continues to be controversial
© Arne Hoel/World Bank

In 2008, Malawi's Bunda College of Agriculture applied for permission to hold confined field trials of genetically modified Bt cotton. Malawi had been one of the leading countries in Africa, in getting regulatory and legal frameworks in place to permit biotechnology research. However, three years later, permission for the trials had still not been granted and Malawi was falling behind several other African countries in making progress on GM research. Moses Kwapata, head of Bunda College, and Water Alhassan, coordinator of an Africa-wide project to build safety in biotechnology research, offer their views to George Kalungwe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interview by:
Country:
Malawi
Duration:
7'23"
Date published:
May 2011
 
 
 

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