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What Does Synthetic Biology Mean for Africa? - An Africa Regional Briefing publication produced by ETC, Third Word Network and The African Centre for Biodiversity

Briefing paper
Publication

Huge technical advances in molecular biology and big data biology are leading us towards a ‘forth industrial revolution’ with the ongoing development of novel genetic engineering techniques being reviewed by the UN Conventions for Biological Diversity, under the term ‘synthetic biology’.

Declaration on Plant Variety Protection and Seed Laws from the South-South Dialogue

Civil Society Statement
Publication

We, participants at the South-South Dialogue, are members of peasant and civil society organisations and concerned individuals from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe working on issues of food and seed sovereignty, peasants’ control of seed production and exchange, and biodiversity.

Training materials on fertilizer, seed, seed laws and FISPs

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Training Material

  Training Materials produced by the ACB for smallholder farmers in Africa in several languages on a range of topics dealing with seed and plant variety protection laws, including on: the value of farmer managed seed systems; UPOV 1991 and farmers’ rights; the Arusha PVP Protocol; women as custodians of seed, what is a seed law, harmonis

GM Sorghum: Africa's Golden Rice

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Report

In this paper, we critically analyse the African Biofortified Sorghum (ABS) project, a GM 'poster project' in Africa. We dig beneath the veneer of the project being an "African led solution" to poverty and malnutrition on the continent.

Marker assisted selection (MAS): Key issues for Africa

Briefing paper
Fact sheet
Publication
Report

'Marker Assisted Selection' uses molecular markers as tools in a plant or animal breeding programme to select for important agricultural traits, such as nutritional quality, drought tolerance, disease and pest resistance.

Trojan Horse for GMOs

Briefing paper
Comment
Fact sheet
Publication

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).