AFSA meets in Ethiopia to oppose GM products

argylesock says… The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is part of the African Biodiversity Network (ABN). These shouldn’t be confused with the pro-GM Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).



The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) will next week meet in Ethiopia to discuss strategies for resistance against genetically modified (GM) seeds.

AFSA is a Pan African platform comprising networks and farmer organisations working in Africa including the African Biodiversity network, Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage, Comparing and Supporting Endogenous Development Africa, Friends of the Earth- Africa, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association.

The rest are Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmers Forum, La Via Campesina Africa, World Neighbours, Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa, Community Knowledge Systems, Plate forme Sous Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale  and African Centre for Biosafety.

The meeting will also oppose Bill Gate‘s Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the new G8 Alliance for food security.

A statement issued by…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to AFSA meets in Ethiopia to oppose GM products

  1. Finn says:

    Sounds to me like AFSA are doing a good thing. What’s your take?

    • argylesock says:

      I’m inclined to think so. But I’ve noticed that GM is a topic on which some people seek to manipulate each other’s opinions. You’ll have seen my post recently, about alleged manipulation even of academic publishing.

      I’m going to continue my ‘getting to the grist about GM’ series. Taking a break from that series just now, not from any lack of interest, but because of an Internet connection that throws wobblies in a tactless way. That will stop being true within the next few weeks.

      Anyway do please give your opinions about AFSA, and about its rival AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), if you want to.

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