Genome editing: new wave of false corporate solutions for Africa’s food systems. Forewarnings of impending failure of new GM technofixes

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African food sovereignty movement's victory over, and continued resistance against, the biotech industry

Despite two decades of biotech industry-backed lobbying, funding, relentless propaganda and backroom deals, supported by neo-colonial philanthropy-capitalists, such as Bill Gates; this machinery has very little to show. Only 2.9 million hectares of genetically modified (GM) crops are being grown on the continent, of which 93% is in South Africa, and then too, only in respect of maize, soyabeans and cotton.  

Tanzania cancels GMO trials again: Urgent need to uphold ban, disrupt false solutions and neo-colonialism

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In a totally unexpected move, the newly appointed Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda, in mid-January 2021 announced the cancellation of research trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country and the decision to put in place extra biosafety scrutiny of imported genetically modified (GM) seed. The decision was taken by the Minister in order to conserve the country’s genetic resources and local seed.