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    GMOs and food sovereignty: Which way Africa?

    Henry Makori

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc PHYS
    African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts

    GMOs: Fooling or feeding the world for 20 years?


    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc NFC
    Myths and outright lies about the alleged benefits of genetically engineered crops (GE crops or GMOs) persist only because the multinationals that profit from them have put so much effort into spreading them around.

    The GMO debate: What to consider

    Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc PSM
    The debate around Genetically Modified Organisms has been characterized by lack of information and understanding of the complexities around biotechnology. Any state must undertake careful consideration about potential benefits and risks before deciding to introduce GMOs into the country.

    Why Zimbabwe should continue to say 'No' to genetically engineered crops and food

    John Wilson

    2014-07-23, Issue 688

    cc TR
    GMOs are presented as a magic bullet to the problems of agricultural productivity without seriously examining the alternative route to industrial agriculture. Agro-ecology with an emphasis on ecosystem farming and local knowledge development of African farmers is the alternative that Zimbabwe should adopt

    Further issues to consider in deciding whether to introduce GE crops and food

    John Wilson

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc TDM
    In addition to questions of human health, environmental impact and corporate control over the food value chain, there are a number of other issues which must be addressed as part of the debate around genetically engineered crops and food.

    Fine print of the food wars

    Vandana Shiva

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc FLKR
    Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.

    Climate change, foreign assistance and food sovereignty in Ghana

    Joeva Rock

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc TG
    The debate in Ghana over the cultivation of genetically modified seeds provided by international aid agencies demonstrates that foreign aid often comes with an agenda determined by foreign financial and political backers, not by the end-users of the assistance.

    Not on our plates! Why Nigeria does not need GM food

    Juan Lopez, Mariann Orovwuje and Nnimmo Bassey

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc NTA
    A new propaganda effort to convince Africans is vigorously pursued by corporations and the development industry trying to convince us that we need genetic engineering to overcome malnutrition and food shortages.

    Ban all GM foods in Ghana!

    Food Sovereignty Ghana

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc VG
    Food Sovereignty Ghana calls for an indefinite Moratorium or ban on the propagation, cultivation, raising, and growing of Genetically Modified Organisms in Ghana.

    Ghana: Halt the passage of the Plant Breeders’ Bill! - Religious bodies

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc FPD
    The religious organisations insist that Ghana’s dwindling food production cannot be attributed to our non-usage of GMO technologies but due to poor access roads to farms, lack of credit, unavailability of ready market, lack of storage facilities and agricultural processing

    GMO/hybrid seeds: Inviting cancer to our land, passing a death sentence on Nigerians: A response

    Abdallah el-Kurebe

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc GLP
    In a response to Mr Rhodes-Vivour’s article on the danger posed by GMOs to the Nigerian population, El-Kurebe now contends that such crusades by a misinformed and ignorant minority are denying the majority of the population the real benefits of genetically modified organisms.

    Why Uganda needs GMOs

    Michael J Ssali

    2014-07-23, Issue 688

    cc PZ
    On account of population pressures and diseases that are affecting Uganda’s coffee, maize, banana and cassava production, GMOs are necessary to address the food insecurity and hidden hunger in the country

    GM: good crop/bad crop

    Ivo Vegter

    2014-07-24, Issue 688

    cc IN
    IThe conservative views of international agencies and rich-world environmentalists are denying Africa access to technology that could improve its own food security, and is transforming agriculture elsewhere in the developing world

    Biometric smart ID cards: Dumb idea

    Jane Duncan

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc MSN
    Countries in the South have jumped on the biometric bandwagon, including South Africa, in spite of the many red flags about the technology. Citizens need to be aware that the ID cards allow governments to carry out surveillance of people considered to be a threat to the interests of the ruling classes

    The BRICS: A response to Yash Tandon

    Mike Davies

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc Wiki
    In the Pambazuka special edition on “Revisiting the sub-imperialist BRICS,” Patrick Bond and other writers were critical of the role of BRICS . Later Yash Tandon wrote a rejoinder to such BRICS bashing. Below is a piece that calls progressive forces to address the agency of local elites in colluding with capitalism and imperialism and oppose both global imperialism and local tyranny

    Inside or outside?

    The perpetual dilemma of what constitutes the best interests for children with mothers in prison

    Irene Sithole

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc NR
    Should little children be allowed to stay with their mothers in prison or they should be separated? This is a difficult question, but there are some suggestions on what should be done for the best interests of the child

    Afro-Uruguay: A brief history

    George Reid Andrews

    2014-07-17, Issue 687

    cc WWC
    Afro-Uruguayans have contributed to the construction of Uruguay as a consequence of enslavement. They have set up important organisations such as Mundo Afro to lobby the national government to recognise its black minority as an equal member of the national community

    Namibia's gender zebra

    Alexander O'Riordan

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc LM
    In a commitment to gender equity Namibia’s government will introduce a new system to achieve 50 percent representation of women in leadership positions. Will it really change the socio-economic, political structures and mind-set in the country?

    A dream deferred

    Kristen McTighe

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc SAT
    The post-revolution governments in Egypt have done little to appease a disgruntled, restless and marginalised youth. The youth spearheaded the revolt that toppled the Mubarak dictatorship, but a largely ageing elite is still at the helm.

    Human rights and wrongs: Demonising homosexuality in Ethiopia

    Elissa Jobson

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc HT
    Young gay men are taking refuge online as their lives become increasingly difficult in this deeply conservative country

    An eco-warrior for the earth

    Zahra Moloo

    2014-07-09, Issue 686

    cc CC
    The environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, deplores the Green Revolution in Africa and oil spills in the Niger Delta region. He does not underestimate the work to be done to educate people on the need to stop those who wish to destroy the environment and to redefine new concepts of development

    Rethinking the role of global investment in Africa’s development

    Yash Tandon

    2014-07-03, Issue 685

    cc Indep UK
    Much hope is placed on foreign direct investment to deliver development capital for African countries. Yet FDIs are part of the global financial capitalist system, which maintains and reproduces inequality and keeps African states dependent on Western countries and financial institutions

    Iraq, Libya, Syria: Three reasons African Americans should oppose U.S. intervention in Africa

    Ajamu Baraka

    2014-07-02, Issue 685

    cc The Nation
    As the U.S. tightens its military grip on Africa, “it is absolutely imperative that we embark on a massive educational campaign with our folks that will expose the real intentions of the U.S. on the continent and worldwide.” There is nothing “humanitarian” about U.S. intentions. “The plan for Africa is being written in the blood of the people in Iraq, Syria and Libya.”

    Helping children learn without fear

    Towards the elimination of corporal punishment and adoption of positive discipline in Zimbabwean schools: A human rights perspective

    Munyaradzi Muchacha

    2014-07-03, Issue 685

    cc KP
    Corporal punishment is still a popular and lawful method of disciplining children in Zimbabwean schools. But this brutality violates children’s rights and contravenes the Zimbabwean constitution and international conventions. Corporal punishment should be abolished

    Africa and its Diaspora in migration dynamics

    Tidiane Kasse

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc DM
    This special issue of Pambazuka News shows that the question of migration is entangled with complex political, economic, legal, social, cultural issues. One cannot address this issue from an African perspective without thinking about the violence and pillage rampant on the continent over the past several centuries

    Migration and Africa: On the urgent need to think beyond the nation-state

    Marco Zoppi

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc GIS
    European powers imposed the nation-state on Africa through colonialism. But even after African independencies, mainstream discourses and government policies have amplified the idea that sedentariness and the state are the only acceptable mode of modernity. Migration is portrayed as a menace to the societies where the migrants wish to settle

    African migrants in the Middle East and North Africa: Separate line of theorizing needed

    Kelsey P. Norman

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc FT
    How African migrants in the two regions are treated is determined by a number of factors, which should be examined for comprehensive understanding, including the domestic political and economic conditions in the host state, relations between neighbouring countries and the sending state, and relations between the migrants and the local population

    Sinking hope

    Thousands of Africans drown every year as they sail to Europe in search of jobs

    Kebba Dibba

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc EIM
    Europe has transformed itself into a fortress, with anti-immigration legislation a centrepiece of foreign and domestic policy. Stringent visa regimes, among other restrictions, simply disqualify many aspiring migrants, forcing them to take ever more desperate measures.

    ‘This life of refugee’

    Somalis in Dadaab occupy the grey spaces of international law

    Ben Rawlence

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc EIM
    The huge refugee camps of Dadaab in northern Kenya, the largest in the world, are a living testimonial to the failure of the international system in dealing with the victims of forced migration.

    The drivers and outcomes of feminization of migration in Africa

    Nedson Pophiwa

    2014-06-26, Issue 684

    cc WUN
    Migration from Africa has historically been a male-dominated phenomenon, but the pattern has changed significantly in recent decades. African women are leaving their countries of birth to create new lives elsewhere. Economic opportunities are primarily available in childcare, domestic and sex work. These trends should be of special interest to those in the policy-making spaces who are concerned about the wellbeing of female migrants

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