A Case for Regulating the use of Biotechnology in the Pursuit of Development in Africa - Research

A Case for Regulating the use of Biotechnology in the Pursuit of Development in Africa - Research

Author: 
Fayokun, Kayode Olatunbosun
Place: 
Pretoria
Publisher: 
Africa Institute of South Africa (AI)
Date published: 
2017
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Journal Title: 
Africa Insight
Source: 
Africa Insight, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2017, pp. 153 - 162
Abstract: 

This article examines the debate on the right to development (RTD) in Africa regarding the legal regime for biotechnology research and application and the legal control of genetically modified products and their cross-border movements (as commodities or aid). It discusses the ethico-legal, scientific, political and economic controversies that the arrival and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have generated in Africa and elsewhere. It concludes that while biotechnological techniques and products could contribute to Africa's development, they could also adversely affect individuals and the environment. Accordingly, it highlights the need for the regulation of the application of the technologies. Noting that meaningful regulation requires quality information on the advantages and disadvantages of biotechnology research and their adaptability to Africa's development context, the article decries the scantiness of literature on the subject with particular relevance to the continent. It, therefore, concludes that there is a need for more studies on biotechnology applications in Africa to properly inform policymakers and regulators with the aim of promoting the benefits associated with the technology while restraining its possible dangers.

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CITATION: Fayokun, Kayode Olatunbosun. A Case for Regulating the use of Biotechnology in the Pursuit of Development in Africa - Research . Pretoria : Africa Institute of South Africa (AI) , 2017. Africa Insight, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2017, pp. 153 - 162 - Available at: http://library.au.int/case-regulating-use-biotechnology-pursuit-development-africa-research-0