ACB's comments on the Plant Breeders Rights Bill PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:33

We are grateful to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for allowing us the opporunity to attend the stakeholder workshop on the 22nd of May 2013 and for inviting us to submit our comments on the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill. We are also pleased to note that the DAFF has indeed taken on board several comments and contributions made by the ACB in previous submissions and consultations on the previous version of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill.

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Modernising African Agriculture: Who benefits? Civil Society statement on the G8, AGRA and the African Union's CAADP PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 12:07

African agriculture is in need of support and investment. Many initiatives are flowing from the North, including the G8’s “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa” and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). These initiatives are framed in terms of the African Union’s Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP). This gives them a cover of legitimacy. But what is driving these investments, and who is set to benefit from them?

This statement, signed by close to 60 organisations from 37 African countries, places these ‘modernisation’ initiatives in the context of the gathering global crisis with financial, economic, energy and ecological dimensions. It further calls upon these institutions to recognise the immense diversity found in African agriculture, and frame their responses accordingly.


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Petition requesting a ban on the import for food, feed and processing of Dow Chemical’s GM maize variety DAS-40278-9, and for a full enquiry into the decision-making process around GMO permits in South Africa. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:07

ACB’s submission to SA Parliament to:

  1. Overturn the decision of the Executive Council: GMO Act to approve the importation for food, feed and processing, of Dow Chemical’s GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9;
  2. To prohibit the importation of the GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9; and
  3. Ensure that the provisions for public participation with regard to the GMO decision-making process in South Africa are transparent, just and fair.

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ACB’s comments on the COMESA Harmonisation of seed trade regulations. PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 16 May 2013 13:43

ACB’s comments on the COMESA Harmonisation of seed trade regulations.

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Civil Society Statement on COMESA Seed Trade Laws PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 11:38

This submission was made by civil society groups at a COMESA meeting in Lusaka during March 2013, in which serious concerns were raised about the COMESA seed trade laws as negatively impacting on small farmers in the COMESA region.

Statement made by:
Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN); East and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) – Zambia; Participatory Ecological Land-Use (PELUM) Association; Alliance for Agro-Ecology and Biological Diversity Conservation; Kasisi Agriculture Training Centre (KATC); Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT); Green Living Movement (GLM); African Centre for Biosafety (ACB)


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