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Malawi Progresses in GM Crop Trials

Summary posted by Meridian on 4/24/2017

Source: Cornell University (21 Apr 2017)

Author(s): Katherine Chaweza

Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa, this article notes, poised to move forward on commercializing genetically modified (GM) crops. Due to a fully functional biosafety framework, Malawi has approved field trials of GM cotton, cowpea and banana crops, all of which are at different stages. Bt cotton is at the variety registration trial stage, Bt cowpea is in its second year of confined field trials and the virus resistant banana is in its first year of confined field trials. Bt cotton seed should be released to farmers within three years. According to Katherine Chaweza, the communication and outreach coordinator for the Program for Biosafety Systems in Malawi, “The progress made with these three trials positions Malawi as one of the few countries in Africa moving towards the commercialization of GM crops, and it’s all thanks to the political will of the Government of Malawi and the county’s workable biosafety framework.”

The original article may still be available at http://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/malawi-progresses-gm-crop-trials

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