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Comparative analysis of the national biosafety regulatory systems in East Africa

In this discussion paper, Gregory Jaffe of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) evaluates the biosafety frameworks of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda against a set of nine basic principles that should characterise a "functional and protective" biosafety system. His analysis also takes into account the obligations laid down by international agreements such as the Biosafety Protocol, World Trade Organisation rules and the Codex Alimentarius.

The report recommends a number of specific improvements for each of the three countries' biosafety systems. The author also evaluates the scope for standardisation among the three countries, with a view to streamlining decisions and making best use of limited scientific and regulatory capacity.

The report will be particularly useful to policy-analysts, scientists, business-people and journalists in East Africa who want to know about the biosafety systems in the three countries, and to anyone who wishes to understand more about the basic principles of biosafety regulation in general.

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