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Farm input subsidy programme (FISP) info pamphlet

This pamphlet offers a quick background on the FISPs and the key issues and concerns. It explains what FISPs are, their aims, why the FISPs are failing to meet their objectives, how they promote small-scale farmer dependency, and ways of transitioning out of FISPs towards more appropriate forms of smallholder farmer support. African Centre for […]

FISPs Posters

Farm input subsidy programs play a central role in financing and delivering Green Revolution technologies to small-scale farmers in Africa.These programs are rolled out in numerous African countries-from Ghana to Swaziland. These easy to read illustrated posters explain what farm input subsidy programs are and how they operate vis-à-vis smallholder farmers, what they subsidise, how […]

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New to Genetically Modified (GM)? Fact sheets

Grab these short, easy reading factsheets and share it with your friends. What is a GM crop? GM Myths Who benefits? Monsanto SA Regulation SA Labelling GM Crops in SA GM Cotton in SA GM Maize in SA GM Soya in SA International Regulation

What is a seed law?

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, harmonisation […]

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Easy to read Seed Posters

Previously, the ACB shared with you, easy to read seed posters on intellectual property rights, UPOV 1991, the Arusha Plant Variety Protection Protocol, etc., and implications for smallholder farmers and farmers’ rights. Now, we are happy to announce the release of the second set of easy-to-read seed posters, dealing with seed laws that regulate the […]

Who owns our food system?

It is a matter of urgency that we break up these cartels that have South African consumers, especially the poorest of the poor, in a vice grip through control of our two staple foods ? maize and bread. South Africans eat about 28 billion loaves of bread and, on average, about 100kg of maize and […]

The new generation of GM herbicide crops – poison cocktail for ailing agriculture

Dow’s 2,4-D & glufosinate ammonium soybeans-the case for its rejection In this briefing, we outline our food safety concerns with Dow Chemical’s GM soybean genetically engineered to resist the herbicides, 2,4-D and glufosinate ammonium (DAS-6816-4). We also outline the reasons for the spate of these even more toxic GM herbicide tolerant crops and the markets […]

What you should know about Dows, 2,4-D GM maize

During May 2012, the South African GMO authorities1 approved Dow Chemical’s highly controversial GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9 for import into South Africa for direct use as food, feed and processing. This GM variety has been genetically engineered to withstand liberal applications of Dow’s toxic chemical herbicide 2,4-D and has yet to be approved for growing […]

Understanding the impact of genetically modified crops in Africa

Contents: Abbreviations and acronyms About this handbook. Know the field and articulate your position. Familiarise yourself with the regulatory issues. Identify your allies. Interact with the process. Keep the pressure on Conclusion Terminology Used Annexes References We also include numerous “Reading Resources” which are linked to specific pages/concepts within the Handbook. How to make the […]

Who benefits?

Genetically modified crops in South Africa: a failure for farmers Anybody who has heard of genetically modified (GM) crops has also heard that we in Africa must accept them or face starvation. The primary message is that GM crops have been developed for the poor and hungry. This is a highly emotional argument put forward […]