|AFSA Statement Condemning COMESA Approval of GMO Policy|
|Tuesday, 01 October 2013 15:25|
Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa 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 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.
[log in to unmask] type="cite">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.From- sciencedaily.com
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