Zimbabwe - Country Commercial Guide
Biotechnology Research and Development Laboratories/Services Agriculture
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Given Zimbabwe’s vulnerability to drought, we expect future opportunities for biotechnology firms and companies specializing in technologies that improve climate resilience. There is still uncertainty and a lack of clear policies regarding biotechnology in most parts of Africa in general, and in Zimbabwe in particular, despite biotech’s potential to improve both health and food security.  In recent years, the National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe (NBAZ) has educated stakeholders about the potential benefits of adopting biotechnology in agriculture.  The government has taken steps to promote the cultivation of sorghum and millet, which require 30 percent less water than corn, to provide sustainable food security for people living in semi–arid areas. 

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According to the NBAZ, Zimbabwe has the capacity to do both quantitative and qualitative analysis of GMO corn testing.  The NBAZ has recommended that the government reduce regulatory barriers and red tape for biotech products and emerging technologies, improve coordination across government departments, and support the uptake of agricultural biotechnologies to improve yields for smallholder farmers.


There are opportunities in the provision of biotechnology research and development to sensitize politicians on the benefits of biotechnology in agriculture and help enhance the country’s food security.  The sector also needs technical support and equipment U.S. firms can provide to boost yields for farmers.


National Biotechnology Authority of Zimbabwe

21 Princess Drive, Newlands, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Tel: +263-242 -782155; 242-782167; 247-2828569