The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) today held a successful meeting with 42 key stakeholders at Cresta Golf View Hotel in Lusaka, to discuss some of the issues that have been raised in the recent past pertaining to the Authority’s mandate.

The meeting hosted by the NBA was attended by among others Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecological Biodiversity (ZAAB), National Union for Small scale farmers of Zambia (NUSFAZ), Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), Civil Society Organisation for Scaling up Nutrition  (CSO-SUN), Africa Consumer Union (ACU), Community Technology Development Trust, Consumer Unity Trust Society (CUTS), Cotton Association of Zambia, DSAT Trust,  Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institution (IAPRI), Pick N Pay, Zambian Brands, Choppies, and Cotton Board of Zambia .

Zambia Alliance for Agro-ecological Biodiversity (ZAAB), Zambia Farmers Union (ZNFU), Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) and other organisations have in the recent past issued statements on matters that pertain to the Authority’s mandate and calling for the dissolution of the NBA Board.

Last week ZAAB on behalf of 30 other organisations issued a statement accusing the NBA of operating outside its mandate and alleging that the Authority has been collaborating with some foreign pro-GMO groups to ‘radically change Zambia’s No GMO status’.

NBA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Lackson Tonga has described the stakeholder engagement as successful as it addressed key and important issues that have in the recent past been miscommunicated, thereby the public being misinformed on the NBA Mandate and its collaborations with its partners and key stakeholders.