- Empowering African regulators and policy makers
- Providing biosafety information for regulators, policy makers, farmers and the public
ABNE services are offered by a team of biosafety specialists based at its nodes in Burkina Faso and Uganda. The ABNE team offers its services in close collaboration with national governments, regional bodies, international partners and other biosafety service providers.
ABNE services are demand driven, needs based, and are offered in consultation with national stakeholders. Because African countries are at various levels of biosafety capacity and biotechnology development, ABNE tailors its services to the biosafety needs of individual African countries.
In Phase I of the ABNE Project, ABNE services benefited diverse African countries to varying degrees depending on needs, regulatory readiness and the potential for deployment of biotechnology crops. ABNE’s Implementation Phase II will prioritise requests from countries with respect to the need for biosafety decision making, the steps needed to implement the existing biosafety framework, and the political will to build a functional biosafety system.
ABNE supports country-led revision of biosafety bills and implementing regulations to remove constraints for functionality, and facilitates policy dialogue through participation of African regulators and decision makers at national, regional and international meetings. Moreover, ABNE offers biosafety services that promote public participation and awareness creation about the role of biosafety.
ABNE collaborates with other service providers in Africa and globally to draw on existing expertise, resources and infrastructure.
ABNE services encompass the following programs and activities:
In-country activities: Each year, a number of in-country activities are conducted to improve the functionality of biosafety regulatory systems in individual countries. The objectives of the activities vary from country to country depending on country imperatives.
Biosafety study tours and internships: Study tours and internships provide African regulators and policy makers with firsthand experience of functional regulatory systems through seeing-is-believing tours on the continent and elsewhere. These tours enhance the capacity of African countries to implement workable biosafety systems that will enable the application of safe agricultural biotechnology products for economic development.
Facilitation of networking and experience sharing: ABNE facilitates networking among African regulators and policy makers in order to share experiences, learn from each other, and identify appropriate and sustainable biosafety processes.
Biosafety short courses: Biosafety short courses form an integral component of ABNE activities in Africa. These short courses are carried out at African universities and at Michigan State University.
Policy dialogue and technical consultancy: At the request of African countries ABNE supports high level policy dialogue and provides technical expertise to help implement national biosafety frameworks.
Information resources: ABNE disseminates biosafety information for African regulators, policy makers and other stakeholders through its website, policy briefs, newsletters and other publications.