AFRICA, RETHINK COMMUNICATION
I was privileged to be the only Ghanaian editor at this assembly of great minds.
Coming after the 2015 edition in Nairobi, Kenya, the 2017 biennial Africa Biotechnology and Biosafety Communication (ABBC) conference at the historic Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbbe, Uganda, saw over 100 participants, mainly heads of regulatory agencies from 18 countries who have made a biosafety decision and their communication spokespersons, key government officials and parliamentarians.
It was on the theme “Strengthening Communication for Improved Biosafety Management” and inspired by partnerships between ISAAA AfriCenter, New Partnership for Africa’s Development-African Biosafety Network of Expertise, National Agricultural Research Organization, among others.
Years on, putting in place biosafety laws poses grave challenges across many African countries, with the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) controversies taking centrestage.
The solution is proactive communication of policies and programmes to the grassroots but our less attention paid to the engagement of proactive communicators has been the problem as techical matters are shrouded in political propaganda.
By Osei Kuffour,