GMOs are not much in use in Africa aside from South Africa. There are signs that this could change:
AFSA Statement Condemning COMESA Approval of GMO Policy PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:25

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa[1] is alarmed at the approval during September 2013, by the Council of Ministers of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) of the COMESA ‘Draft Policy Statements and Guidelines for commercial planting of GMOs, Trade in GMOs and Emergency Food aid with GMO content.’ The COMESA Policy aggressively promotes the wholesale proliferation of GMOs on the African continent by way of commercial plantings, commodity imports and food aid and flouts international biosafety law.

The Policy is intent on creating a clumsy, confusing, cumbersome and prohibitively exorbitant centralised regional decision making system that is utterly at odds with the provisions as set out in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and national biosafety frameworks. All of the COMESA member states have ratified the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Almost all COMESA member states have developed their own National Biosafety Frameworks (NBFs), indicating that decision- making concerning GMOs is to be made at the national level.

Why then the need for this harmonised Policy? If not to by pass international and national biosafety regulations requiring case by case biosafety assessments, because the biotechnology industry, agribusiness, free trade proponents and the food aid industry are extremely frustrated by their inability to penetrate the markets in Africa.

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[1] The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) represents as a continental voice against the ongoing imposition of industrial agriculture in Africa and for food sovereignty through ecological agriculture. AFSA is a broad based alliance of African regional farmers' networks and African NGO networks along with various other allies. The aim is to bring greater continental cohesion to an already developing food sovereignty movement in Africa.

Mandi Smallhorne
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Subject: Re: The African Green Revolution at the Tipping Point
Sam, what do you think about the use of GMOs as part of this effort to "win the war on hunger"?   Do you think that the expanded use of market methods will actually deliver a better life to the poor?  Or do you suspect that it will be a chimera like the previous "Green Revolution" efforts were, which only enriched companies like Monsanto, but left the poor peasant enslaved to them because now he cannot use his seed from last year, but instead he has to buy it at "market prices" from the big agro-technology vendors, and compete for buyers on an uneven basis with first-world countries who write different trade rules for their own farmers?  Doesn't it seem to you that this is a peculiar kind of "economics" for a radical who seeks to uproot the capitalist system to follow?

David Westman

On 10/16/2013 5:39 AM, Sam Anderson wrote:
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The African Green Revolution at the Tipping Point

Oct. 15, 2013 — In some areas of Africa, farmers, scientists and policymakers are beginning to win the war on hunger, says Pedro Sanchez, PhD. Several factors have come together in recent years to tip the scales and increase food production.

Sanchez will present "The African Green Revolution at the Tipping Point," on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM. The presentation is part of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America Annual Meetings, Nov. 3-6 in Tampa, Florida. The theme of this year's conference is "Water, Food, Energy, & Innovation for a Sustainable World." Members of the media receive complimentary registration to the joint meetings.

According to Sanchez, not only will African farmers in countries like Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana and Malawi will be able to sell more food this year, but they will have enough to feed their own families. "All factors are moving along the value chain" says Sanchez, including policies and subsidies, credit guarantees and the creation of buyer groups. Agronomic improvements, bringing fertilizer and better seeds, are the entry point of the success. "In order for us to move Africa above this level of success, we will need to implement agricultural technologies," says Sanchez. He will address these methods in his lecture.


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