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Pambazuka News 688: SPECIAL ISSUE: GMOs, food sovereignty and Africa
Updated: 51 min 51 sec ago

GMOs and food sovereignty: Which way Africa?

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2014-07-24 - http://phys.org/news/2012-11-eu-agency-french-linking-gm.htmlAfrican governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts

GMOs: Fooling or feeding the world for 20 years?

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2014-07-24 - http://nfccertification.info/extra-view/gmo-guard/Myths and outright lies about the alleged benefits of genetically engineered crops (GE crops or GMOs) persist only because the multinationals that profit from them have put so much effort into spreading them around.

The GMO debate: What to consider

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2014-07-24 - http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/scientific-debate-gm-foods-theyre-safe-66711/The debate around Genetically Modified Organisms has been characterized by lack of information and understanding of the complexities around biotechnology. Any state must undertake careful consideration about potential benefits and risks before deciding to introduce GMOs into the country.

Why Zimbabwe should continue to say 'No' to genetically engineered crops and food

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2014-07-23 - http://www.trust.org/item/?map=zimbabwe-urged-to-lift-ban-on-growing-genetically-modified-foodGMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

Further issues to consider in deciding whether to introduce GE crops and food

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2014-07-24 - http://www.thedailymeal.com/economics-gmo/22014In addition to questions of human health, environmental impact and corporate control over the food value chain, there are a number of other issues which must be addressed as part of the debate around genetically engineered crops and food.

Fine print of the food wars

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2014-07-24 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/lea-kim/8836330881/Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.

Climate change, foreign assistance and food sovereignty in Ghana

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2014-07-24 - http://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/nov/20/economics-ghanaThe debate in Ghana over the cultivation of genetically modified seeds provided by international aid agencies demonstrates that foreign aid often comes with an agenda determined by foreign financial and political backers, not by the end-users of the assistance.

Not on our plates! Why Nigeria does not need GM food

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2014-07-24 - http://www.newstimeafrica.com/archives/13296/goodluck-jonathan-nigerias-presidentA new propaganda effort to convince Africans is vigorously pursued by corporations and the development industry trying to convince us that we need genetic engineering to overcome malnutrition and food shortages.

Ban all GM foods in Ghana!

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2014-07-24 - http://vibeghana.com/2012/12/10/profile-of-ghanas-president-john-dramani-mahama/Food Sovereignty Ghana calls for an indefinite Moratorium or ban on the propagation, cultivation, raising, and growing of Genetically Modified Organisms in Ghana.

Ghana: Halt the passage of the Plant Breeders’ Bill! - Religious bodies

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2014-07-24 - http://footandpedaldisease.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.htmlThe religious organisations insist that Ghana’s dwindling food production cannot be attributed to our non-usage of GMO technologies but due to poor access roads to farms, lack of credit, unavailability of ready market, lack of storage facilities and agricultural processing

GMO/hybrid seeds: Inviting cancer to our land, passing a death sentence on Nigerians: A response

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2014-07-24 - http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/05/19/gmo-labels-when-having-more-information-is-bad/ In a response to Mr Rhodes-Vivour’s article on the danger posed by GMOs to the Nigerian population, El-Kurebe now contends that such crusades by a misinformed and gnorant minority are denying the majority of the population the real benefits of genetically modified organisms.

Why Uganda needs GMOs

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2014-07-23 - http://www.pambazuka.orgOn account of population pressures and diseases that are affecting Uganda’s coffee, maize, banana and cassava production, GMOs are necessary to address the food insecurity and hidden hunger in the country

GM: good crop/bad crop

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2014-07-24 - http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/resistance-gmos-south-africa-pushes-biotechnology/The conservative views of international agencies and rich-world environmentalists are denying Africa access to technology that could improve its own food security, and is transforming agriculture elsewhere in the developing world

Research, Campaigns and Communication Assistant

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Salary: $37,131 per annum Location: Johannesburg, South Africa 2014-07-23 - http://careers.amnesty.orgThe mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. Our Southern African regional office will work to ensure equality, democracy and fair and just societies throughout a vast and diverse geographical area. You’ll provide the support they need to succeed.

Country Campaigner – Great Lakes

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Salary $48,254 Location: Nairobi, Kenya Type: Permanent 2014-07-23 - http://careers.amnesty.orgThe mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we have opened an East Africa Regional Office in Kenya. And why we need your campaigning expertise with us on the ground.

Regional Researcher – Great Lakes

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Salary: $68,699 Location: Nairobi, Kenya Type: Permanent 2014-07-23 - http://careers.amnesty.orgThe mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we have opened an East Africa Regional Office in Kenya. And why we need your field research expertise with us on the ground.

Refugee Officer

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Nairobi, Kenya Permanent Salary: $48,254 2014-07-18 - http://careers.amnesty.orgThe mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. Our East African regional office will work to ensure respect for human rights, and for equal and just societies throughout a vast and diverse geographical area. You’ll contribute to this by supporting our work on refugee rights.

Campaigner – Southern Africa (Lusophone Countries)

51 min 51 sec ago
Location: Johannesburg Type: Permanent 2014-07-15 - http://careers.amnesty.orgThe mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why we’ve opened a hub in Johannesburg. And why we need your campaigning expertise with us on the ground.

Researcher - Southern Africa (Lusophone)

51 min 51 sec ago
Location: Johannesburg Type: Permanent 2014-07-14 - http://careers.amnesty.orgThe mobile revolution. Geopolitical power shifts. A radically altered global economy. The world is changing, and so is the way that people fight for their rights. In order to be effective, Amnesty International’s (AI) International Secretariat needs to change how we work. That’s why our Southern Africa Regional Office needs your research expertise with us on the ground.

Call for participation to the 8th Pan African Congress

51 min 51 sec ago
2014-07-10 The next Pan African Congress will be held in four months time. Nations, organizations and individuals from around the Pan African world are invited to offer support prepare for this event


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