ACB Comments on National Strategy on Agroecology PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 14:14

AgroecologyThe Department of Agriculture is in the process of developing a Strategy for Agroecology for South Africa, with the aim of achieving “an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable agro-ecology sector that contributes towards poverty alleviation, job creation, food security, economic development, climate change mitigation and adaptation”. It is not clear where the drive for this Strategy emerges from, given that South Africa did not support the findings of the IAASTD when it was up for signature in Johannesburg in 2008. However, the proposed Strategy seems to posit agroecology as another production technology, an add-on to our current system, rather than a transformation of our deeply entrenched industrial agricultural system, which is based on the privatization of agricultural resources and knowledge to deploy an environmentally destructive production system, ever at the mercy of skewed global trade relations.


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Letter to the UK Government PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 30 November 2012 09:08

AGRA-UK-gov-DFIDLetter from Food & Water Watch, GAIA Foundation and ACB to UK government demanding answers over DFID funding of Green Revolution projects in Africa.

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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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Harmonisation of Africa’s seeds laws: a recipe for disaster PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 23 November 2012 12:31

Harmonisation-of-seed-laws-in-AfricaThe core of the paper is focused on the pressures being exerted on African governments to adopt the 1991 Act of the International Union for the Protection of Plant Varieties (UPOV), particularly through regional harmonisation of plant variety protection (PVP) policies and laws. We also discuss the adverse impacts PVP laws will have on the exercise of farmers’ rights in Africa, and concomitantly, on agricultural biodiversity, food security, livelihoods, knowledge systems and culture.

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"Seeds are the very basis of human society and have been for all of human history. Until very recently, farming and seed breeding were undertaken by farmers on their own land, season after season. However, we are now witnessing the separation of these two interdependent activities, with seed breeding increasingly being privatised and farmers becoming increasingly dependent on seed varieties made available to them at the discretion of seed companies. This process of separation began in Europe and North America at the turn of the nineteenth century, and continues today in developing countries and developed countries alike."

Submission by ACB and African CSOs to ARIPO on its draft PVP law and policies, November 2012 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2012 13:39

During October/November 2012, a number of African groups from civil society in Africa supported a submission to ARIPO on its draft policy and legal framework for PVP. In such submission, the groups pointed out that draft legal framework was not written with the interests of sub-Saharan African states in mind, particularly ARIPO member states. This is because there is no attempt to develop a sui generis system suitable to the African context. It instead blindly copies and expands on UPOV 1991.

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