Publications Africa

Publications Africa

First GMO Seed Scandal in Africa: SA Contaminated the Continent

Seed maize from South Africa, claiming to be pure, has been found to be contaminated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The South African branch of US seed giant Pioneer Hi-Bred recently exported contaminated maize seeds to unsuspecting Kenyan farmers.
The maize seeds are contaminated with a genetically engineered variety-MON810- belonging to Monsanto that has not been approved in Kenya. GM maize MON 810 contains a novel gene that is considered unsafe and banned in several European countries.

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DISPLACING AFRICA’S INDIGENOUS FOOD: Monsanto & AATF’s GM Cowpea Project

Nairobi based African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and Monsanto are set to introduce genetically engineered cowpeas in the coming years into the fields and tables of Africa. It will use Nigeria and Burkina Faso as key entry points, with Ghana, Cameroon, Niger and Mali comprising the second tier of countries that will be targeted. The project is assisted by Nigeria- based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), one of the 15 agricultural research institutes of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR is funded primarily by the World Bank, the USA, Japan, the European Union and Canada. Indeed, the IITA has the mandate for cowpea research and is in the forefront of breeding high yielding varieties by using a range of genetic manipulation techniques to deal with biological constraints affecting crop yields and quality.

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GMOs in Africa: Food and Agriculture. Status Report 2007

The African Centre for Biosafety has the pleasure of launching our new book titled GMOs in Africa: food and agriculture: Status report 2007. This booklet is the 4th in our Biosafety, Biopolitics and Biopiracy Series.

ISBN: 978-0-620-40099-2

By: Shenaz Moola and Victor Munnik
Edited by: Mariam Mayet and Rose Williams
Layout and design by: Lesley Lewis, inkspots@iafrica.com

Acknowledgements: This publication has been made possible as a result of the combined support of EED, HIVOS and NORAD. The ACB also extends its gratitude to Stephen Greenberg for his early research contributions.

About the Book:

The book provides an overview of the current status of genetic engineering using transgenic techniques in Africa‘s agriculture and food systems. It provides a synopsis of the current situation in Africa, an analysis of the key issues and trends, regional overviews and country by country status reports.

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Displacing Africa’s indigenous food

The African Centre for Biosafety has the pleasure of launching our new book titled GMOs in Africa: food and agriculture: Status report 2007. This booklet is the 4th in our Biosafety, Biopolitics and Biopiracy Series.

ISBN: 978-0-620-40099-2

By: Shenaz Moola and Victor Munnik
Edited by: Mariam Mayet and Rose Williams
Layout and design by: Lesley Lewis, inkspots@iafrica.com

Acknowledgements: This publication has been made possible as a result of the combined support of EED, HIVOS and NORAD. The ACB also extends its gratitude to Stephen Greenberg for his early research contributions.

About the Book:

The book provides an overview of the current status of genetic engineering using transgenic techniques in Africa‘s agriculture and food systems. It provides a synopsis of the current situation in Africa, an analysis of the key issues and trends, regional overviews and country by country status reports.

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African Model Law on Safety in Biotechnology

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) is a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its main focus of research is to provide credible, accurate and current information for the public, with regards to issues of Genetically Modified Organisms and biosafety; and the protection of Indigenous Knowledge, biological Resources and biopiracy.

First, we would like to thank the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for providing the public with an opportunity to comment on the Draft Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Funded Research Bill (‘Draft Bill’).

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ACB’s Comments on Kenya’s June 2007 Biosafety Bill, August 2007

Kenya?s Biosafety Bill is drafted as an enabling statute, and will require the promulgation of numerous regulations in order to bring it into effect. Its fundamental nature is one of a lenient permitting system as opposed to a biosafety regime intenton regulating genetically modified organisms within
a context of caution.

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GM Crops for Africa? No Thanks!

?Most African countries, like many other poor countries cannot advance GM crop research because their national policies or regulatory systems are not prepared to deal with safety requirement for approving general use.? Joel Cohen of the International Food Policy Research Institute based in Washington DC was reported to have said.

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New Green Revolution for Africa: Trojan Horse for GMOs

After more than 10 years of genetically modified (GM) crop plants being grown in the world, only South Africa out of 53 countries on the African continent have commercial plantings of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 9 countries, Burkina Faso; Egypt; Kenya; Morocco; Senegal; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe have reported field trials of GMOs, while Uganda recently announced that field trials involving GM sweet
bananas would commence during May 2007. 1 20 African countries (Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Egypt; Ghana; Kenya; Malawi; Mali; Mauritius; Morocco; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; South Africa; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe) are engaged in GMO research and development. At least 24 countries (Algeria; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Egypt; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mauritius; Morocco; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; South Africa; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe) have the capacity and institutions to conduct research and development into agricultural biotechnology.

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