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Synthesis/Regeneration 31   (Spring 2003)

Lusaka Declaration

African Consumer Leaders Adopt Critical Position on GMOs and Their Implications for Food Security

Consumers International

November 20, 2002, Lusaka, Zambia - Leaders from 20 organizations in 20 African countries who gathered in Lusaka, Zambia November 18–20, 2002 for the African Consumer Leaders’ Conference on Biotechnology and Food Security announced their formal positions on the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food security in Africa.

The full declaration has been dubbed the Lusaka Declaration. The position taken by the consumer leaders on GMOs and food security include:

Consumer leaders call on national governments to:

These positions were developed after more than five plenary sessions where the 20 African consumer leaders were addressed by experts who support GMOs in agriculture and by experts against them.

For further information and for copies of the full declaration, visit the Consumer Internationals, Africa Office website: www.consumersinternational.org


The following countries were represented at the conference: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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