GMOs in rest of Africa
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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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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AFSA Statement Condemning COMESA Approval of GMO Policy PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:25

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa[1] is alarmed at the approval during September 2013, by the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) of the COMESA ‘Draft Policy Statements and Guidelines for commercial planting of GMOs, Trade in GMOs and Emergency Food aid with GMO content.’ The COMESA Policy aggressively promotes the wholesale proliferation of GMOs on the African continent by way of commercial plantings, commodity imports and food aid and flouts international biosafety law.

The Policy is intent on creating a clumsy, confusing, cumbersome and prohibitively exorbitant centralised regional decision making system that is utterly at odds with the provisions as set out in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and national biosafety frameworks. All of the COMESA member states have ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Almost all COMESA member states have developed their own National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs), indicating that decision- making concerning GMOs is to be made at the national level.

Why then the need for this harmonised Policy? If not to by pass international and national biosafety regulations requiring case by case biosafety assessments, because the biotechnology industry, agribusiness, free trade proponents and the food aid industry are extremely frustrated by their inability to penetrate the markets in Africa.

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[1] The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) represents as a continental voice against the ongoing imposition of industrial agriculture in Africa and for food sovereignty through ecological agriculture. AFSA is a broad based alliance of African regional farmers' networks and African NGO networks along with various other allies. The aim is to bring greater continental cohesion to an already developing food sovereignty movement in Africa.

 
Petition to African Union calling for a ban on GMOs PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Sunday, 25 November 2012 12:45

This petition, which calls for a ban on GMOs on the African continent, endorsed by more than 400 organisations across the African continent representing farmers, indigenous peoples and civil society groups has been submitted to the African Union for inclusion as an agenda item at the January 2013 Summit of the African Union.

 

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  Download the letter sent to the Permanent Representative Committee 83.69 Kb

  Download the signed petitiion 56.98 Kb

 
Comments on COMESA's Draft Policy on Commercial Planting, Trade and Emergency Food Aid Involving Genetically Modified Organisms. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 16:31
ACB comments_endorsed On the 8th and 9th May 2012 COMESA held a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, to review a draft policy on the regulation and trade of GMOs for the region. While the Biotech Industry was very well represented at the meeting, civil society was completely left out of the process. This policy is being drafted behind closed doors to suit the trade interests of the major sponsor of the Policy - the United States government. Rather than ensure the most effective biosafety procedures for the Region, this policy is crafted to create an enabling environment for the free trade of GMOs with few checks and balances. The policy poses a threat to the national sovereignty of Member States, all but excludes public participation in the decision making process on GMOs and lowers the bar when it comes to risk assessments.
 
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This document is endorsed by:

  • The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) -  comprising of 36 members in 12 countries (Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
  • Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN)
  • The National Organic Produce Initiative (NOPI) (South Africa)
  • The Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa (BDAASA)
  • Abalimi Bezekhaya (South Africa)  
 
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