Genome Editing Webinar Series
This event aims to provide a platform for engagement amongst stakeholders in South Africa to promote dialogue and understanding of genome editing technology, encourage alignment in policy approaches and share best practices regarding communication and innovation.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 02:00 PM SAST
Reserve your seat registering here: https://croplife.co.za/GEdWebinar
Julian Jaftha (TBC): Chief Director: Plant Production and Health, Dept of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, South Africa.
Rufus Ebegba: Chief Executive Officer, National Biosafety Management Agency, Nigeria.
Alejandro Hernandez: Regional Director: Biotechnology, CropLife Latin America, Costa Rica.
Donald Mackenzie: Executive Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Donald Danforth Plant Science Centre, USA.
Ben Durham: Chief Director: Bio-innovation, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa.
Genome editing is considered a valuable and complementary addition to modern plant breeding practices. Increased utilisation of these innovative technologies in plant science, are key to enabling farmers to meet the global food demand of a growing population by contributing towards efficient and sustainable agricultural practices which preserve our environment’s natural resources and stimulate further innovation in plant breeding. Globally, as countries work towards clarifying the regulatory status of genome edited products within their territories, it has become clear that inconsistent regulatory approaches towards genome editing could potentially stifle innovation and lead to regulations that are disproportionate to safety concerns.