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US FORCE FEEDS GM CROPS TO AFRICAN NATIONS, SAYS NEW REPORT PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015 14:47

Friends of the Earth International

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 23 February, 2015 – US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today. [1]

“The US, the world's top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration's strategy consists of assisting African nations to produce biosafety laws that promote agribusiness interests instead of protecting Africans from the potential threats of GM crops,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety, which authored the report commissioned by Friends of the Earth International.

The new report also exposes how agribusiness giant Monsanto influences biosafety legislation in African countries, gains regulatory approval for its product, and clears the path for products such as GM maize (corn).
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ACB wishes everyone a happy and peaceful 2015 PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2014 09:27
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Price Fixing Fixing the price of Food.
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Small Scale Farmers Small-Scale Farmers and the MAIZE value chain.
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AGRA’s scandalous subsidisation of big fertiliser, financial and agribusiness corporations in Africa PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:39
AFAP-reportIn a scandalous move of skulduggery, the African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), under the guise of empowering smallholder farmers in Africa, is subsidising multinational fertiliser and financial corporations on African soil. Other beneficiaries of this scheme are the global grain trading and food processing giants.

AFAP, established in 2012, with a grant of US $25 million from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)-the biggest grant given to a single recipient by AGRA so far- is ostensibly working towards ensuring that African smallholder farmers grow food and profits. However, according to a new report from the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB)—The African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP): The missing link in Africa’s Green Revolution—AFAP’s main focus is the provision of credit guarantees to importers and distributors of fertilisers in Ghana, Mozambique and Tanzania.


“In essence, AFAP is using development funds, as well as money from the Ethiopian government—one of the least developed countries in the world—to subsidise multinational fertiliser companies such as Yara, which dominates the fertiliser trade in Africa. This also extends to large multinational banks such as the Standard Bank Group, Barclays and the Dutch firm Rabobank, who are queuing up to extend credit to Africa’s small-scale farmers. Far from enabling African smallholder farmers to grow food and profits, this scam will trap small- scale farmers into a never ending cycle of debt and increasing poverty,” said Gareth Jones, a researcher with the ACB.

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RAILROADING AFRICAN GOVTS INTO ADOPTING ARIPO PVP PROTOCOL BASED ON UPOV 1991: AFSA APPEALS TO ARIPO MEMBER STATES FOR POSTPONEMENT OF DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE AND FOR URGENT CONSULTATIONS WITH SMALL-HOLDER FARMERS PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 16:01

AFSA_response_to_Harare_workshop_ARIPO_PVPAFSA attended a Regional Workshop on the ARIPO PVP Protocol, 29-31 October 2014, in Harare Zimbabwe, where numerous technical and administrative flaws continue to characterise the process. In particular, member states were forced into accepting a recommendation, disguised as if crafted by them, mandating ARIPO to urgently organize and call for the Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the Protocol. In reality, member states, instead, unanimously endorsed the need for further consultations to be held at national levels and independent expert review of the draft ARIPO PVP Protocol and that talk of a Diplomatic Conference to adopt the Protocol is hopelessly premature.

 

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