Briefing Paper: Gene Drive Organisms: What Africa Should Know About Actors, Motives and Threats to Biodiversity and Food Systems

This paper explains the serious risks and complexities that gene drive organisms pose to human health, the environment and society, particularly in the African context. […]

GM Cotton in Africa: Battleground Between US and Chinese Capital

This report provides an overview of the GM cotton push in in East and Southern Africa, within the context of the global and regional cotton markets. […]

Concerns Over Impacts of Mozambique’s Field Testing of GM Maize

A new report provides an analysis of the changes made to Mozambique’s biosafety legislation which has consequently allowed field trials of drought-tolerant GM maize to take place, and cites concerns over biosafety and farmers’ rights. […]

Transitioning Out of GM Maize: Towards Nutrition Security, Climate Adaptation, Agro-Ecology and Social Justice

The African Centre for Biodiversity warns that to cope with drought and rising food prices, South Africa needs to urgently move away from genetically modified food and towards indigenous African crops. […]

GM and Seed Industry Eye West Africa’s Lucrative Cowpea Seed Market

This new report argues that the GM cowpea push in Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Ghana coincides with a strong interest from multinational and local seed companies to produce foundation and certified seed in West Africa. […]

Setting the Record Straight on Tanzania’s Biosafety Laws

Tanzania has recently amended its Biosafety Regulations. This statement from the Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity clarifies that strict liability still applies to all activity involving GMOs, with an exception for researchers and research activities. […]

Malawi Civil Society Coalition Opposes Field Trials of GM Cowpea

An alliance of 19 CSOs and a GMO-resistance movement have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawi authorities, opposing the Confined Field Trial permit application for GM pod borer-resistant Cowpea varieties. […]

CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION AGAINST THE GENERAL RELEASE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED COTTON IN MALAWI

An alliance of 19 CSOs and an organic vegetable farmers group led by the Commons for EcoJustice have lodged a substantive submission to the Malawian authorities, opposing Monsanto’s application to obtain a general release permit for its GM cotton. […]

South Africa’s Experiences with MON810 Maize

A recent briefing paper published by the African Centre for Biosafety examines South Africa’s experience with Monsanto’s earliest insect-resistant Bt technology – MON810 maize – and has found that the product failed within 15 years of adoption. […]

AFSA Statement on COMESA Approval of Harmonised GMO Policy

Statement of concern from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) on the approval of the COMESA ‘Draft Policy Statements and Guidelines for commercial planting of GMOs, Trade in GMOs and Emergency Food aid with GMO content’. […]