This track asks the basic question: why are people hungry? It also looks at why obesity is increasingly becoming a problem in the world today. HOMEF works in the paradigm of food sovereignty and exposes the false premises of food aid and its exploitative and contaminating linkages
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.
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.
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.
Read CSOs objections to IITA's GE Cassava application
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.”
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?”
Now that the Cross River State Government has received a conditional approval of the EIA for the Superhighway project, we look at issues and lessons from the struggle. The project has been mired in controversies generated by self-inflicted injuries. First, it was routed without regard to the negative impacts it would have on the Cross River National Park (CRNP) and a number of community forests in its path. The path chosen initially for the 260 kilometres Superhighway showed a disregard for the unique biodiversity of the region and was equally mindless of the climate impact that would ensue from the massive deforestation that the project was bound to cause. We also share the 23 conditions and notes.
Hundreds of Nigerians marched against the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the country on June 7, 2017. The march was coordinated by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) in collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Women Environmental Programme (WEP), Climate Transformation and Energy Remediation Society (CLIMATTERS) and the Save Nigeria Group.BiosafetyGMOspoisonFood
The need for public consultation and participation in the approval processes of applications that directly affect the people’s health and well-being cannot be over stressed. Many issues surround the matter of our food and agricultural modern biotechnology that require clarifications and in-depth interrogations. These include legal frameworks that can impeded the achievement of the right to safe and nutritious food.GMOsBiosafetyHOMEFLawyers