Daily Champion / All Africa Global Media
A coalition of leading environmental pressure groups in Nigeria
who met recently to study the development initiative of US billionaire
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Alliance for a Green Revolution
in Africa (AGRA) and recommended that Africa should not be a dumping
ground for unverified technologies such as genetically modified
Participants drawn from around the continent rose in unison to
declare the need to build knowledge and resistance to land grabs on
the continent and other non-ecological agriculture that threaten
African agriculture and food sovereignty.
Mr. Nnimmo Bassey stated that GMO and the agrofuels initiatives
promoted by big agribusinesses only aim to erode Africa's traditional
systems of farming and contamination of indigenous seeds in favor of
The communique noted that "a new form of colonialism driven
by agribusinesses has been unleashed on the African continent that
threatens livelihoods, ecological balance and portends new forms of
resource conflicts on the continent.
They must also shun all donor-driven funds that will not support
indigenous solutions to hunger in Africa."
The groups also demanded that African governments take adequate
steps to protect local farmers and the entirety of Africans from
unhelpful schemes that have created hunger and food shortages on the
continent. Over 27 environmental pressure groups singed the
communique at the end of the summit.
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