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Statement on AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 20:55

At a farmers rights meeting held in Uganda September 2012 a statement was drawn up and signed by many concerned parties.

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Signatures:

1. ActionAid, Tanzania
2. ActionAid, Uganda
3. Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, Uganda
4. African Biodiversity Network - representing 36 organisations in Africa
5. African Centre for Biosafety, South Africa
6. Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development, Uganda
7. Community Technology Development Trust, Zimbabwe
8. Eastern amp; Southern Africa Farmer's Forum, Tanzania
9. Eastern amp; Southern Africa Farmer's Forum, Uganda
10. Eastern amp; Southern Africa Farmer's Forum, Zambia
11. Envirocare, Tanzania
12. Ethio-Organic Seed Action, Ethiopia
13. Food Rights Alliance, Uganda
14. Inades Formation, Kenya
15. Kenya Biodiversity Coalition - representing 67 civil society groups
16. National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda
17. Participatory Ecological Land Use Management - representing 230 civil society
groups including
18. PELUM Kenya,
19. PELUM Rwanda,
20. PELUM Tanzania and
21. PELUM Uganda.
22. Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information and Negotiations Institute, Uganda
23. Surplus People Project, South Africa
24. Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity, Tanzania - representing 15 organisations
25. The Pincer Group International Ltd, Uganda
26. Third World Network
27. Uniao Nacional de Camponeses (National Farmers Union), Mozambique
28. Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns, Uganda

 
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA): laying the groundwork for the commercialisation of African agriculture PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:30
AGRA critiqueWe consider AGRA's broad philosophy and structure, focusing on AGRA's own views or those of its consultants, before turning to a more detailed consideration of its specific work in the Programme for Africa's Seed Systems (PASS) and, in slightly less detail, its Soil Health Programme (SHP). These programmes are inseparable because seed and soil fertility technologies are interlinked. Seed and fertiliser are the fundamental technological interventions on which AGRA's strategies hang. The paper concludes with thoughts for ways for the broad agroecological and food and seed sovereignty movements to respond to AGRA.

Our conclusions include the following: AGRA is undoubtedly laying the groundwork for the commercialisation of African agriculture and its selective integration into global circuits of accumulation. Benefits will be unevenly spread and we should expect accelerated divergences in farmer interests. This will lead to greater class differentiation and a deepening commodification of African agriculture (subordinating agricultural products to the imperatives of exchange for the realisation of surplus value, rather than as use values in their own right).
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The new generation of GM herbicide crops - poison cocktail for ailing agriculture PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:44

Dow's 2,4 D & glufosinate ammonium soybeans-the case for its rejection

DOW Chemicals 2,4 D-soybean factsIn this briefing, we outline our food safety concerns with Dow Chemical's GM soybean genetically engineered to resist the hebicides, 2,4 D and glufosinate ammonium (DAS-6816-4). We also outline the reasons for the spate of these even more toxic GM herbicide tolerant crops and the markets that the introduction of these crops are designed to protect.

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We have submitted, to the SA GMO authorities, a detailed response to Dow's application and deal with various issues, including: the paucity of the data received; fatal flaws in Dow's food safety studies; and risks posed by both 2,4 D and glufosinate ammonium. You can download the response here.

 
The Pioneer/Pannar seed merger: deepening structural inequalities in South Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:26
The Pioneer/Panaar Seed-Merger in South AfricaIn this briefing, we deal with the Pioneer/Pannar seed merger, outlining the evidence led by the ACB in opposing the merger, what is at stake for South Africa if the merger is approved and the extent to which the merger will deepen structural imbalances in the South African economy.

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How Much Glyphosate is on your dinner plate? SA's food safety compromised by lack of testing PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:27

ACB_Glyphosate_Food_Safety_in_SA_July2012This briefing paper forms part of a series of briefing papers on glyphosate to be released later this year by the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB). In this paper, we focus principally on food safety issues, highlighting our grave concerns about the utter regulatory failure concerning particularly, the monitoring, inspection and testing of food for glyphosate residues.

This situation is extremely worrying, given the dramatic increase in the use of glyphosate in food production in South Africa and the risks it poses to human and animal health.

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