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COVID-19: Access to medicine & implications for Africa

Briefing paper

ACB brings you a new discussion paper 

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Expeditious and affordable access to medicines and other healthcare items will be critical to reducing the toll of COVID-19 in Africa. But if nothing is done to compel corporations to make their patents and trade secrets available to any capable manufacturer so that antivirals, vaccines, and other critical supplies reach Africa in a timely manner, much of the continent could find itself hostage to high prices and the last to receive lifesaving drugs and vaccines.

More toxic GM crops & food for SA; Ineffective GM drought tolerant maize pushed on Kenya and Uganda!


In this first alert of the decade, African Centre of Biodiversity research and advocacy officers Linzi Lewis and Sabrina Masinjila provide an update on the status of GM activities, in South Africa and in relation to the region.

Summary of current key trends
  • The South African government has authorised field trials of 2,4-D resistant soybean. Curiously, it has also authorised field trials involving 2,4-D resistant maize varieties, albeit that these events were already approved for commercial growing in 2019.

  • Authorisation has been given to export GM maize seeds (MON87640 X MON810 drought tolerant and Bt maize) to Kenya and Uganda for field trials. This variety has expressly been rejected by South African regulators for commercial growing in SA, due to non-performance.

GM Potato Push in East Africa

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Andean and African farmers condemn digital sequence information of potatoes from centres of origin – opens doors for biopiracy

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Cusco, Peru; Johannesburg, South Africa and Kigali, Rwanda – 05 March, 2020

Billionaire potato overlords on both sides of the North Atlantic want to see genetically modified (GM) potatoes spread across the world. They rely on the collaboration of the Lima, Peru-based research institute, the International Potato Center (CIP), which is pushing to release a GM potato in East Africa, genetically engineered through cisgenesis.