In recent weeks, a wave of solidarity from many parts of Brazil and from several countries around the world has reached southern Minas Gerais, in support of the resistance of the 450 farming families, who have organised and lived at camp “Quilombo Campo Grande” over the past 22 years. The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) joins this wave of solidarity and sends its support to the evicted families and all those who resist in Minas Gerais and in all parts of Brazil.
Key Issues emerging from the dialogue between CSOs and SADC, African governments
The registration of farmer varieties is a controversial issue. On the one hand, it is argued that registration facilitates accessible opportunities and benefits for local farmers, such as increasing visibility of varieties, promotion and protection of indigenous knowledge, and opportunities for farmers and their communities to participate in regional seed trade and national markets.