Although Mozambique has not yet approved the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops, an effort has been made to start drafting an updated biosafety/biotechnology law that will allow GE commercialization. The country planted its first GE corn trial in 2017 at the Chókwè Agricultural Station as part of the TELA project (formerly Water Efficient Maize for Africa) to test drought and pest resistance. The trial came after the approval of Mozambique’s biosafety regulation governing the management of “genetically modified organisms” (Decree no. 6/2007 of April 25, 2007, updated in late 2014). After two planting seasons, preliminary results were shared and have shown promise in containing pests. Mozambique intends to start additional trials in multiple locations to test GE corn under various climate and soil conditions around the country.

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