On September 13, 2021, India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry/Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), published Notification No. 25/2015-2020, clarifying that it is authorizing the import of consignments of soybean meal and soy cake derived from genetically engineered (GE) soybeans with a bill of lading or lorry (truck) receipt date issued on or before October 31, 2021.
Japan’s Agency of Natural Resources and Energy will accept public comments on its proposed 6th Strategic Energy Plan between September 3 and October 4, 2021. All comments must be submitted in Japanese.
On August 17, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved seven genetically engineered (GE) crops (3 corn, 2 soybean, 1 rapeseed, and 1 cotton) and renewed the authorizations for two corn and one rapeseed crop used for food and animal feed.
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European Union: EU Green Deal - July 2021 Update

This quarterly report covers April through June 2021 and provides details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), Biodiversity Strategy, the Climate Target Plan, the EU Methane Strategy, and the Circular Economy Action Plan.
The federal government announced details for a $160 million USD program over three years to help farmers adopt beneficial management practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through cover cropping, nitrogen management, and rotational grazing practices.
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Japan: Japan Publishes Draft 6th Strategic Energy Plan

On July 21, 2021, Japan’s Agency of Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) published the first public draft of its 6th Strategic Energy Plan.
On July 16, 2021, the European Commission published the EU Forest Strategy for 2030.
On July 21, 2021, the Philippines became the first country in the world to approve Golden Rice for commercial propagation, which aims to reduce malnutrition.
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Japan: 242nd Food Safety Group

On July 16, 2021, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed revisions to Japan’s maximum residue levels for 11 agricultural chemicals (MCPA, MCPB, Captan, Cyazofamid, Pyriofenone, Fluoxastrobin, Procymidone, Mandestrobin, Cypermethrin, Albendazole, and Zeranol) for various agricultural commodities.
On July 5, 2021, the European Commission and agri-food industry stakeholders launched the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices as part of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F).
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Senegal: Mali Overview on Climate Change Policy

Mali ratified the majority of Multilateral Agreements on the Environment (MEAs), in particular the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 1994, the Kyoto Protocol in March 2002, the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol in December 2015, and the Paris Agreement in September 2016.
On April 28, 2021, the Danish government announced its intention to cut carbon dioxide emissions from agriculture by 7.1 million tons by 2030 through increased spending on green farming technologies.