While Nigerians face uncertainties over food security due to incessant herders-farmers clashes, another threat is dawning on the nation without much notice. The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari just inaugurated a Food Security Council underscores the centrality of food security to the country. However, without food safety there cannot be food security. HOMEF reckons that the influx of GMOs into Nigeria and their formalization processes render applications for permit mere formalities.
The proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline has been tagged “The Wonder of Africa” but civil society groups in Africa and around the world see it as The Wounding of Africa. 40 groups calling for the project to be called off in the interest of the peoples and the planet issued this joint statement citing, among other things, the locking in of dirty energy, its global warming potential and the threat to marine ecosystems.
FishNet Alliance was birthed in Lome, Togo on Thursday, March 1, 2018. It was made possible by the local fishers and with the facilitation of Association Jeune Chretien en Action pour le Developpement (JCAD). The epochal event took place at Centre d’Education Spirituelle pour l’Apostolat des Laics (CESAL). Togo now joins Nigeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa as countries where FishNet Alliance has members.
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.