Peasant Farming, Not Industrial Food Production.
Industrial agriculture isn’t the efficient beast it’s made out to be. Peasant farming, not industrial food production, is the way to feed the world, argue Pat Mooney and Nnimmo Bassey.
Nigeria’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has granted a permit for the field trial of a cassava variety made using a gene editing technology. This cassava variety has not been approved or tested in any jurisdiction in the world, according to the International Institute of Tropical agriculture (IITA), the beneficiary of this approval. HOMEF had in a 37-pages objection and with the support of eighty-seven organisations, outlined why this classic staple crop should not be toyed with by modern agricultural biotechnology merchants. Read our press statement on this dangerous biosafety gambit.
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has just published a report, "Beyond Oil - Re-imagining the Development in the Niger Delta". Written by a crack team of researchers and practitioners, the report shows the urgency for charting a new pathway to the future in one of the most ecologically challenged regions of the world. We bring you the forewords to this report. They are written by renowned writers/thinkers, Alberto Acosta and Johnson Ekpere. You can drop us a line if you would like to read the entire report.
Health of Mother Health Foundation (HOMEF) in collaboration with Confederation of Traditional Herder Organizations in Africa (CORET) convened the 10th Sustainability Academy on building deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the intense manifestations of conflicts between pastoralists (herders) and farmers in Nigeria through the lenses of climate change, land and resource access and ownership. The meeting was attended by stakeholders in the sector and included pastoralists, farmers, government officials, diplomatic community, community people, members of civil society and the media.
Seventeen non-governmental organizations have dragged the Federal Government before an Abuja Federal High Court, over permits issued by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) for GMO Cotton and GMO Maize in Nigeria. The groups led by the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) are asking the court to declare as null and void the permits granted Monsanto Agricultural Nigeria Limited for the commercial release of BT Cotton (MON 15985). They are also asking for the revocation of the permit granted the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) for the confined field trial of NK603 and MON89034X NK 603 Maize in Nigeria.
The plans to take total control of Nigeria’s food system is moving rapidly on the genetically engineered organisms (GMO) highway. The list of GMOs being pushed in Nigeria includes beans, maize and cotton. Recently the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) teamed up with ETHZ laboratories of Zurich Switzerland to apply to carry out confined field trial in Nigeria of cassava genetically modified “obtain storage roots with lower post-harvest physiological degradation after harvest (thanks to pruning) without any loss of the nutritious starch.”
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has set foot on the soil of South Sudan’s capital – Juba, with the establishment of its first office outside Nigeria. This is a major step towards the strengthening of solidarity between the peoples of our continent.
“There must be a time when we sit back to reflect on the things we take for granted in order to avoid being taken by surprise when such things disappear.” These were the opening words from the welcome remarks by Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the FishNet community dialogue at Makoko, Lagos State. The dialogue was an interactive session with participants working in three groups to review the state of their coastal community environment before pollution, reclamation and dredging activities literally turned the tide of things.
The Association of Catholic Medical Precatitioners of Nigeria urged Nigeria to observe the Precautionary Principle at a scientific conference it held July 6-8, 2017 in Port Harcourt. The theme of the conference was: “Genetically-Modified Organisms: How Harmful, Harmless or Beneficial?”
True change can come from below. Change can begin from below. True change must come from below. Just as it is the root system that makes a tree stand, so it is with changes that must last. We have ignored the roots of our problems long enough and today we are dissecting those roots so that we can clearly see where the proverbial rain began to beat us.