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Appropriate Governance of the Life Sciences (07)
The feasibility of cross-national co-operation in technology governance: the case of biosafety in southern Africa

While southern African countries have found themselves in the throes of food emergencies before, the 2002/2003 crisis had the additional challenge that thousands of tonnes of food available to help cover the shortages were suspected to contain unspecified amounts of genetically modified (GM) maize. The dilemma laid bare the limited preparedness of countries, and the region to deal with these challenges. This gave new impetus to efforts towards development of regulatory regimes at both national and cross-national levels.