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Laws regulating seeds in South Africa to entrench hunger and inequality PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:36

Press Release from the Food Sovereignty Campaign

On 15 May South Africa’s Portfolio Committee on Agriculture held public hearings on two Bills that protect and regulate the commercial seed industry; the Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) Bill and the Plant Improvement Bill. The PBR Bill aims to stimulate innovation in plant breeding by awarding extremely strong intellectual property rights to breeders and the Plant Improvement Bill allows only certified seed to be sold on the commercial market. Several NGOs and smallholder farmers made submissions to the committee, saying that the laws will entrench inequality and deepen the hunger crisis in the country because the Bills are oblivious to seed systems that support smallholder farmers and ecological forms of farming. These laws do not recognise or protect farmer-managed seed systems or agricultural biodiversity but undermine the rights of farmers, including their right to re-use, exchange and sell farm-saved seeds.

 

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The Path to Poverty: AGRA, small-scale farmers and seed and soil fertility in Tanzania PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:56
African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) hast today released its new research report entitled “Nuanced rhetoric and the path to poverty: AGRA, small-scale farmers and seed and soil fertility in Tanzania”. The report is an outcome of research conducted by ACB in partnership with a farmers’ organisation, Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) and Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), in Morogoro and Mvomero Districts in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) during 2014. SAGCOT is a priority agribusiness investment corridor, connecting Zambia and the hinterlands to the port at Dar es Salaam. Morogoro is located centrally in the corridor.
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White men meet in London to plot ways of profiting off Africa’s seed systems PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2015 19:19
A meeting is to be held in London on 23 March by predominantly white men with a sprinkling of Africans, some of whom represent private seed companies, to discuss how to make a killing off Africa’s seed systems.

Farmers and civil society organisations have not been invited to the meeting, which will be attended only by private seed companies, donors, representatives from Africa’s regional economic communities, research centres and multinational development organisations.

The meeting will discuss a study produced by Monitor-Deloitte, commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and USAID. BMGF is a big sponsor of the commercialisation of agriculture in Africa, including through the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Working with USAID, this commercial agenda extends US foreign policy into Africa and threatens the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers who rely on recycling seed for their livelihoods.
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US FORCE FEEDS GM CROPS TO AFRICAN NATIONS, SAYS NEW REPORT PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015 14:47

Friends of the Earth International

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 23 February, 2015 – US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today. [1]

“The US, the world's top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration's strategy consists of assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International.

The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM maize (corn).
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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:20

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Genetically modified PAP: NO CHOICE for South Africans
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Price Fixing Fixing the price of Food.
SA's poor bear the brunt of rising food costs
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In South Africa a handful of very powerful corporations
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