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AFSA’S COMMENTS ON ARIPO’s RESPONSES TO CIVIL SOCIETY: DRAFT LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PLANT VARIETY PROTECTION PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:18

At the 2013 November meeting of the Administrative Council and Council of Ministers of ARIPO countries held in Kampala, Uganda, several documents on the proposed legal framework for Plant Variety Protection were distributed. Also circulated was a Matrix1 containing ARIPO’s responses to a detailed submission by civil society organizations (CSO) dated 6th November 20122. In this AFSA Comments, we respond to this Matrix, which is evasive, baseless and shows that ARIPO’s assertions that the views and comments of civil society have been taken into account is simply false.

 

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Giving With One Hand and Taking With Two: A Critique of Agra's African Agriculture Status Report 2013 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 18 November 2013 18:56
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The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a comprehensive critique of a report published by the African Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The analysis of AGRA's African Agriculture Status Report 2013 reveals that AGRA’s vision is premised on Public Private Partnerships in which African governments will shoulder the cost and burden of developing regulatory procedures and infrastructure to enable private agribusiness to profit from new African markets.

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GM Maize: lessons for Africa - Cartels collusion and control of South Africa's staple food PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:58

GM-Maize-Report-coverThis is a briefing about power and control in our food system, focusing chiefly on South Africa's staple food, maize. It shows how a select group of companies, including Tiger Brands, Pioneer and Premier Foods commandeer the entire maize value chain and continue to squeeze the poorest South Africans. These corporate giants are now glancing covetously to the vast African market north of the Limpopo. Experiences from South Africa should serve as stark warnings.

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Press statement available, November 2013.

 
Africa bullied to grow defective BT Maize: the failure of Monsanto's M810 maize in South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 18:56

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a new report 'Africa bullied to grow defective Bt Maize: the failure of Monsanto's MON810 maize in South Africa,' showing how Monsanto's GM maize which utterly failed in SA, is now being foisted on the rest of the continent, through 'sleight of hand.'

 

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MON810-Paper

 
ARIPO’S PLANT VARIETY PROTECTION LAW BASED ON UPOV 1991 CRIMINALISES FARMERS’ RIGHTS AND UNDERMINES SEED SYSTEMS IN AFRICA PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013 11:59

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa[1] is gravely concerned about a draft law developed under the auspices of the Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), dealing with a harmonised regional legal framework for the protection of plant breeders’ rights, titled ‘Draft Regional Policy and Legal Framework for Plant Variety Protection’. The ARIPO legal framework, if approved, will make it illegal for farmers to engage in their age-old practice of freely using, sharing and selling seeds/propagating material; a practice that underpins 90% of the smallholder agriculture systems in sub-Saharan Africa.

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