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Harmonisation of Africas seed laws: death knell for African seed systems

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The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released its new report titled, ‘Harmonisation of Africa’s seed laws: a recipe for disaster- Players, motives and dynamics. The report shows how African governments are being co-opted into harmonising seed laws relating to border control measures, phytosanitary control, variety release systems, certification standards and intellectual property rights, to the detriment of African small-holder farmers and their seed systems.

African Civil Society calls on the African Union to ban genetically modified crops

This in from our friends at the African Centre for Biosafety:

An urgent appeal has been made to the African Union (AU) to discuss a ban on the cultivation, import and export of genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa at the next AU summit, to be held in January 2013. An African Civil Society Statement, signed by over 400 African organisations representing small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, social movements, non-governmental organisations, organic producers, consumers, business people and ordinary citizens, has been sent to the Permanent Representative Council (PRC) of the AU.

Hermanus Country Market (at the Cricket Grounds)

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If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Hermanus on a Saturday morning, make no other plans, meet everyone at the Hermanus Country Market (at the Cricket Grounds)!