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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
7055
Status
Published
Date of creation
2004-11-08 22:33 UTC (Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org)
Date of last update
2009-02-24 09:19 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2009-02-24 09:19 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
FAO Project on Strenghening National Capacities in Formulation and Implementation of Legal Instruments on Genetically Modified Organisms in Swaziland (TCP/SWA/3003)
Contact person
Dr. Andrea Sonnino
Senior Agricultural Research Officer
Research and Technology Development Service
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome
Italy
Phone:+39 65 705 5499
Fax:+39 65 705 3801
Email:Andrea.Sonnino@fao.org
Url:FAO - Research and Technology Development (SDRR) - Biotechnology and biosafety
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Eswatini
  • CBD Regional Groups - Africa
  • Africa - Southern Africa
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: Government officers (including Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Communications), university teachers, extension service, and plant quarantine and custom officers and scientists (Swaziland University)
Start Date
2004-09-01
Ending date
2006-08-31
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome
Italy, 00100
Phone:+39 06 5 7051
Fax:+39 06 5705 3152
Email:biotech-website@fao.org
Url:Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) - Biotechnology
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Type of Organization: UN Agency
Budget information
174,000USD
Availability of funds for participants
Yes
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Specific objectives of the project are to enhance the national awareness and capacity on biosafety issues related to the application of modern biotechnology in agriculture. This is achieved through:

• the development of a biosafety legislation draft, which, taking into account the local conditions and requirements, and complying with international obligations, regulates the import, testing, cultivation, commercial exploitation and commercialization of biotechnology-derived products, including GMOs;
• the improvement of skill in biosafety and risk analysis of GMOs and management of biosafety-related information, including food safety issues, of officers and technicians of Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Communications and the University of Swaziland and other relevant regulatory bodies

From these objectives, the main project outputs will be:

1. a draft of a biosafety law and the related technical guidelines prepared and ready to be presented at the Parliament for discussion and possible adoption, which is consistent with existing national legislation and in harmony with already enacted international conventions, (e.g., CBD, Cartagena Protocol, International Treaty on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, IPPC, Codex Alimentarius, etc.);

2. a training programme on biosafety issues conducted:

2.1 forty officers of Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, including the agricultural research division, extension service and plant quarantine service, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Communications and other relevant authorities trained in the general concepts of biotechnology and the basic principles of biosafety, including risk analysis of GMOs executed;
2.2 fifteen officers of Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Communications, and scientists of the Swaziland University received training in biosafety and hands-on training in risk analysis of GMOs and management of biosafety-related information, including food safety issues.

National level activities
*Develop a draft biosafety law consistent with existing national legislation as well as international conventions.

*Train 40 officers from relevant ministries and authorities in the general concepts of biotechnology and biosafety

*Train 10 officers from relevant ministries and scientists from the Swaziland University in risk analysis of GMOs and management of biosafety information.
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Goals
To enhance the national awareness and capacity on biosafety issues related to the application of modern biotechnology in agriculture.

Objectives
The overall objective of the project is to facilitate the safe introduction of appropriate biotechnologies and biotechnological products, including GMOs, in Swaziland, in order to improve agricultural production, and to ensure safe access to food relief programmes, and consequently contribute to the enhancement of food security in the country.
General thematic area(s)
  • Institutional capacity
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House
  • Biosafety policy and regulation
  • LMO use and transboundary movement