The themes for this year’s World Environment Day and World Ocean Day are centered on beating plastic pollution and thus serve as a wakeup call for all of us to take prompt actions to protect our environment and by extension our lives.
It appears that in spite of the recent fracas between President Muhammadu Buhari and the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, there is one issue on which they agree-that Nigeria should adopt modern biotechnology as the solution to agricultural challenges. And they are both wrong.
Health of Mother Earth Foundation Joins the World to Mark the International Day of Biodiversity and to celebrate global efforts to preserve earth’s biodiversity as this year’s International Day of Biodiversity marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). HOMEF calls on the Convention on Biological Diversity to step up efforts to regulate new forms of genetic engineering, including gene editing, and also ensure that parties do not pay mere lip service to the Precautionary Principle when considering the entry of new technologies that have implications for biodiversity
The Talanoa Dialogue was a facilitative dialogue proposed by the Fijian President of COP23 to reflect the ‘Pacific spirit’ of sharing stories, problem solving and wise decision-making for the collective good. The Dialogue encouraged parties to speak freely to each other on three questions about the global climate crisis: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? This article looks at the bright sides of the Dialogue and the sides that raise questions as well.
Statement by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa: The GMO lobby is showing signs of desperation. Once again they are on the offensive with a major public relations push targeting East Africa, particularly Uganda, in an attempt to subvert African policy development towards their own narrow ends. Their immediate goal is to weaken national biosafety laws, thereby removing any barriers to their access to African markets for their contentious high-risk products. Specifically, they want to remove the ‘strict liability’ clauses and thereby avoid any responsibility; avoid having to pay compensation for any damage that they do; avoid labeling so that African people are prohibited from knowing if their food is genetically modified; and avoid any punishment that African laws can impose.
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.