Country information about GM food safety assessment
Introduction national biosafety regulations:
Botswana is officially known as the Replublic of Botswana, the current head of state is President Seretse Khama Ian Khama. Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa and it is neighbouring Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola. Formerly known as the Bechunaland Protectorate got independence on the 30th September in 1966 from Britain. The population is 2.5 million and the people of Botswana are called Batswana. Official languages of Botswana are English and Setswana.
Botswana is a middle income country and is higly reliant on diamond export. For many years the country has managed to supply the European market with Beef as cattle farming is one of the key sectors in the country. The tourism industry is also one of the growing sectors in the country.
With regard to GM food safety the country has a Biosafety policy of June 2010. A National Biosafety Draft Bill was completed in 2013 but it could not be passed into law due to a number of issues. Finance is one of the main obstacles, this is because when the Bill is passed into law funding would be required to carry out the activities that fall under the biosafety law. At present GM foods are not allowed, but as there is no law the country is also not able to ensure that GM foods are not entering the country.
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
Information on stacked events
Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
Department of Agricultural Research Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Public Health, Food Safety, Ministry of Health, Botswana