COMESA seed registration law to be debated

argylesock says… Don’t confuse the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Those organisation disagree. Put simply, AFSA wants farmers to continue owning and sharing seeds (food sovereignty); AGRA wants farmers to buy seeds from big companies.



By Eskedar Kifle   
Monday, 19 August 2013

An organization that specializes in food security has called for the creation of an action plan to safeguard Africa’s sovereignty over its food, seed and natural resources.

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) said Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are threatening traditional and effective farming methods on the continent. “Some corporations are saying the only way Africa would be able to have food independence and security is through these modified seeds, what we are saying is to the contrary. By simply altering the existing way of farming, we will be able to increase productivity,” said Mariam Mayet, Director of the African Center for Biosafety. AFSA says it also wants to shed light on a seed registration law drafted by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and The Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern…

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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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One Response to COMESA seed registration law to be debated

  1. Pingback: GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan | Science on the Land

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