Capacity-building events provided stakeholders with objective information, enabling them to be active, informed participants in the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). After an awareness-raising symposium, several training events were held on biosafety, food safety and science communication. These were followed up by workshops on cultural and religious issues related to agriculture and biotechnology, topics around GMOs in agriculture, and the impacts of new biotechnologies in agriculture in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Resource booklets for extension officers were produced on new technology developments, reflecting current opinion and providing an informed view on the status of GMOs in the participating countries. Videos have been produced on risk assessments for genetically modified crop traits, risk-benefit assessments, the identification and labelling of genetically modified products, and regulatory systems in different countries.