Source: US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service
As of October 2020, the legal and regulatory situation to allow the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops in Ecuador remains the same as 2019. Commercial cultivation of GE crops is not permitted, however cultivation for research is allowed and an exception exists for GE products without recombinant or foreign DNA in the genome. Ecuador has yet to formalize the National Biosafety Committee, which would review priorities for research. Currently, all government agencies responsible for biotechnology issues, including the National Institute for Agricultural Research, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (AGROCALIDAD), are under a Presidential mandate to focus their activities in support of the Government of Ecuador in relieving the economic and production declines caused by COVID-19.