Media release: Civil society responds to BioAfrica Convention

Press release

For immediate release 28 August 2018

BioAfrica Convention: Open for the business of profit; closed to the questions that matter

This week the biotechnology industry meets at the Durban International Convention Centre. Themed “Africa – Open for business” the Convention will explore various ways in which African biodiversity can be exploited for agriculture, industry and health by providing a platform for stakeholders in the biotechnology environment. The Convention is co-hosted by AfricaBio, the Technology Innovation Agency and the South African Department of Science and Technology, with primary sponsorship from DuPont, Syngenta and MSQ Health.1

Farm input subsidies to be discussed at SADC People’s Summit in Namibia, 15 August


African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is partnering with Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) to host a regional farmer speak out and discussion on producer support and farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) as part of the SADC People’s Summit to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit in Windhoek, Namibia, on 15-18 August 2018.

RWA is mobilizing their members from around the region to discuss a range of issues, including women and land, the FISPs and mining and extractives. RWA Namibia will launch. There may also be a day of convergence and action with the wider People’s Summit participants.