Food Sovereignty

  • Tuesday, 17th March 2009
    The alleged approval by the Federal Government for the Donald DanforthPlant Science Centre, United States, to conduct field-testing of a genetically modified cassava christened “Super Cassava” in Nigeria can be likened to trading away our food future to modern colonialists that hide under the cover of agricultural biotechnology, and must be halted immediately, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria and over 30 other civil society groups in Nigeria have said.

    ERA/FoEN’s position is premised on the recently reported approval of the National Biosafety Committee (NBC) for the National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) Umudike to go ahead with plans to conduct “contained” field trials of genetically-modified cassava on the banks of the Qua Iboe River, Abia State. The NBC has no power to grant this kind of approval. Details of the approval was revealed at the annual meeting of the American Society for the Advancement of Science, held in Chicago, U.S.A on February 13, 2009, where it was announced that Nigeria’s NBC had given the Danforth Centre approval to carry out field trials for GM cassava in collaboration with NRCRI.
  • Monday, 14th July 2008

    Statement by Friends of the Earth Africa at her Annual General Meeting held at Accra, Ghana, 7-11 July 2008
    Members of FoE Africa from Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius, Tunisia and Swaziland met for five days in Accra, Ghana reviewing issues that confront the African environment. A particular focus was placed on the current food crisis and agrofuels on the continent.

    FoE Africa groups deplored the characterisation of Africa as a chronically hungry continent; and rejected the projection of the continent as an emblem of poverty and stagnation and thus as a continent dependent on food aid. FoE Africa reiterated the fact that the agricultural fortunes of the continent have been dimmed by externally generated neoliberal policies including Structural Adjustment Programmes imposed on the continent by the World Bank, IMF and other IFIs.

  • Tuesday, 6th May 2008

    The sixteenth session of the United Nations' Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD16) kicked off yesterday at the UN headquarters in New York, USA.

    The issues being discussed are very much on the top burners of concern in the world today: agriculture, drought, desertification, land, water, sanitation and Africa.

    There is a sizable team of NGOs present at the meetings among which is ERA, represented by Nnimmo Bassey.

    Click here to read the first edition of daily NGO newsletters (from the Sustainable Development Issues Network, SDIN) that will emanate from proceedings at the meetings. 

  • Monday, 17th March 2008

    Daily Independent  

    Consumers in Nigeria and the entire West African sub region may begin experiencing the health hazards associated with biotech products if the result of a laboratory test of rice samples from the countries are anything to go by, participants at a one-day public awareness forum on "Biosafety Issues and Experience Sharing" in Benin City, have warned.
    Of the 47 samples of 17 brands of rice on the market shelf in the three countries that were used for the test, it was confirmed that there was a preponderance of GMO varieties; Liberty Link Rice 62 (LLRICE62) and LLRICE601 in two.
    Six of the eight brands of rice samples from Nigeria tested positive to the GM-strain while it was found in one out of three from Ghana. All the brands tested in Sierra Leone tested negative however, there are fears that the level of illegal rice imports in the sub region may result in an infiltration of the contaminated brands in that country.

  • Tuesday, 12th February 2008

    PRESS RELEASE

    New report: GM crops increase pesticide use and fail to alleviate poverty

    BRUSSELS (BELGIUM), KUALA LUMPUR (MALAYSIA), LAGOS (NIGERIA),January 13th, – Genetically Modified (GM) crops have led to a massive increase in pesticide use and have failed to increase yields or tackle world hunger and poverty, a new report by Friends of the Earth reveals today.

    The report coincides with the annual release of biotech industry figures on GM crop cultivation around the world.  Friends of the Earth International’s GMO coordinator in Nigeria, Nnimmo Bassey said: "GM crops have failed to deliver the long-promised benefits of the biotech industry. Instead, increased pesticide use caused by these crops threatens the environment and communities around the world.”

  • Thursday, 7th February 2008

    Independent Newspapers 

    Consumers in Nigeria and the entire West African sub region may begin experiencing the health hazards associated with biotech products if the result of a laboratory test of rice samples from the countries are anything to go by, participants at a one-day public awareness forum on "Biosafety Issues and Experience Sharing" in Benin City, have warned.

    Of the 47 samples of 17 brands of rice on the market shelf in the three countries that were used for the test, it was confirmed that there was a preponderance of GMO varieties; Liberty Link Rice 62 (LLRICE62) and LLRICE601 in two.

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