The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) welcomes you to our website. We are a research and advocacy organisation working towards food sovereignty and agro-ecology in Africa, with a focus on biosafety, seed systems and agricultural biodiversity. The organisation is committed to dismantling inequalities and resisting corporate-industrial expansion in Africa's food and agriculture systems.
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Globally, glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicide (GBHs) have penetrated all spheres of our environment and food systems. The persistence and ubiquity of these chemicals place us at the cusp of one of the world’s biggest health crises. This is evident in the plethora of health conditions and chronic diseases that have increased at the same pace as GBH use globally, as legally recognised in three recent court cases in the USA.
We see a marked increase in countries putting in place either full bans or partial bans on the use of glyphosate and GBHs. Yet in Africa only one country, Malawi, has temporarily suspended the importation of GBHs. Unfortunately, however, their Ministry of Agriculture has indicated this may soon be revoked.
This is a second briefing paper to come out of farmer exchange events held in Zambia in May. The first exchange took place in Kalulushi District, Copperbelt Province, and you can find that briefing paper here. Then a second exchange was convened in Shibuyunji District, Central Province, where the objective was to continue sharing ideas on transitioning to a smallholder support system for diversified agroecological farming.
On Monday 1st July 2019, Target Malaria announced the release of 6400 genetically modified (GM) sterile male mosquitoes in Bana, a village in Burkina Faso – the first GM insects to be released in Africa. This is Phase I – by Phase III, Target Malaria aims to release gene drive mosquitoes. Gene drives are based on species extinction technologies, in this case designed to eradicate wildlife and species.
This release occurred despite strong opposition from civil society in Burkina Faso, across the continent and the globe. In this short video, activists from Africa and their partners share their concerns regarding gene drive technology and explain how African governments have been captured by the Target Malaria project and the Gates Foundation’s deep pockets.