Regulatory status

  • Biosafety Act adopted in 2009 and implementing regulations in 2011.
  • Since 2013, the focus has shifted from commercialization of the GMOs product to the removal of the ban that was imposed the same year. The ban was pronounced by the executive arm of government and it is only logical that a political process must be used to remove it
  • Despite the ban, the National Biosafety Authority (NBA) claimed that the issue of the ban does not stop them from commercializing biotech crops in Kenya. True to this statement, two applications for commercial release of GM Maize (WEMA) and Bt cotton have been submitted for review to the NBA in 2015.

R&D status

  • Bt Maize: In March, 2016 Bt Maize application has been approved for National Performance Trials (NPT) and concomitant collection of composition analysis data.
  • Cotton: NBA approved the release of genetically modified cotton for environmental trials in September 2016.