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What is GMASSURE?
Assuring agricultural and food safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Southern Africa (GMASSURE)
GMASSURE is an African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Science & Technology Programme funded by the European Union (EU), and the Department of Science & Technology South Africa (DST).
The overall objective of our project is to assist in increasing agricultural productivity in the SADC region by improving knowledge about, and increasing capacity of agricultural biosafety and biotechnology, and the safe use of genetically modified (GM) agricultural crops.
We work closely with scientists, government officials and policy makers, small and large scale farming communities, other relevant interest groups and the general public across the Southern African Development Community, striving to promote sustainable agricultural practices and enhance food security across the region.
BECAUSE MALNUTRITION IN THE SADC REGION URGENTLY NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS IN THE AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN.
Malnutrition in the SADC region urgently needs to be addressed through the supply of sufficient safe, healthy, nutritious food using a broad range of available technologies. However, across the world there is still considerable debate around the use of GMOs, with conflicting viewpoints and legislation emanating from different government departments. It is no different in Southern Africa.
There is thus an urgent need for a harmonisation of approaches to genetically modified (GM) crops and their products in the SADC, and also to spread knowledge about their safe use. There needs to be much more regional cohesion in terms of attitudes to GM crops and food derived from GMOs.
THIS IS WHERE WE COME IN.
WE CONDUCT AND FACILITATE WORKSHOPS, SYMPOSIUMS AND TRAINING COURSES THAT BRING TOGETHER VALUE CHAIN ACTORS.
We strive to raise awareness around issues and strengthen capacity of government officials and regulators as well as scientists. We also produce materials and information which can be downloaded from our website (See literature) and disseminated via email (Newsletters).
We also have an ONLINE PANEL who can assist with your queries and comments.
OUR PROGRAMMES CAN BENEFIT A WIDE RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS, INCLUDING:
Government regulators who are involved in establishing policies on GMOs, enacting legislation and decision-making regarding applications for introduction of GMOs.
Scientists who are, or who may in future become, involved in research, training and provision of advice to government structures on issues of GMO safety, all stakeholders in the agricultural value chain.
Government officials and policy makers who are responsible for handling GMO regulatory issues.
Farmers and others in the agriculture and food value chain who need to make decisions regarding adoption of new technologies.
Scientists and students who will benefit from having better information regarding GMO safety.
Our project has a special focus on gender equity and will target women stakeholders in various sectors.
The public who require reassurances that GMOs are safe for propagation and consumption.
The GMASSURE project is based in South Africa (Pretoria, Johannesburg), Namibia (Windhoek) and Zimbabwe (Harare), with support from Denmark.
However, All SADC countries and their stakeholders have the opportunity to participate. Should you wish to learn more about what we are doing and get involved, do not hesitate to contact us through the relevant contact person at one of our partner institutions.
The details of these persons and institutions are listed below:
Project Co-ordinator: University of Pretoria
Physical Address: ACGT House, Experimental Farm, University of Pretoria, 2 Lynnwood Road/South Street, Hatfield, Gauteng
Contact Person: Dr John Becker
Telephone: +27 12 420 6147/+27 12 420 6103
South African Partners:/Partner Organisations in South Africa:
Name of institution: Agricultural Research Council (ARC)
Physical Address: 1134 Park Street, Hatfield, Pretoria
Contact Person: Professor Jasper Rees
Telephone: +27 12 529 9101
Fax: +27 12 565 4667
Name of institution: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Physical Address: Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria, Pretoria
Contact Person: Dr Stoyan Stoychev
Telephone: +27 12 841 4298
Fax: +27 12 841 3651
Name of institution: University of Johannesburg
Physical Address: Cnr University & Kingsway Roads, Auckland Park, 2092, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Contact Person: Professor Ian Dubery
Telephone: +27 11 559 2401
Fax: +27 11 559 2605
Name of institution: University of Namibia
Physical Address: Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue 340, Pioneerspark Windhoek
Contact Person: Dr Martha Kandawa Schulz
Telephone: 264 61 2063635
Fax: +264 61 2063791
Name of institution: University of Zimbabwe
Physical Address: Department of Biochemistry, PO MP 167, Mt. Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
Contact Person: Professor Idah Sithole Niang
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Telephone: +263-4-333676 (International Relations Office)
Name of institution: Technical University of Denmark
Physical Address: Anker Engelunds Vej 1, 2800 Kongens, Lyngby, Denmark
Contact Person: Dr Ilona Kryspin Sørensen, Ph.D.
Telephone: +45) 35 88 76 13
Fax: +45) 35 88 76 98