Guatemala: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   GT2022-0011

Guatemala adopted science-based regulations for the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in 2018. These regulations were immediately challenged by activists but in 2021 the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court reaffirmed the legality of the regulatory process, paving the way for the approvals of the first applications in April 2021. However, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Feed (MAGA) stopped responding to new requests filed after March of 2022, missing key response deadlines laid out in the regulations. This has raised concerns among farmer groups and interested investors about the transparency and stability of the regulatory environment for biotechnology in Guatemala.

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