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  Posting date: June 22, 2017
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.
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  Posting date: October 18, 2016
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.
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  Posting date: July 07, 2015
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.
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  Posting date: July 06, 2015
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.
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  Posting date: March 05, 2015
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.
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  Posting date: July 04, 2014
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.
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  Posting date: December 12, 2013
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.
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  Posting date: October 08, 2013
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'.
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  Posting date: November 27, 2012
African Civil Society Calls on the African Union to Ban Genetically Modified Crops
African civil society is calling on the African Union to ban GM crops because of the dire lack of independent, long term safety data.
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  Posting date: March 09, 2011
Overview of GMO Regulatory Regime in South Africa
This paper provides an overview of the GMO regulatory regime in South Africa, highlighting in particular the difficulties in access to information.
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