Seed Sovereignty Struggle vs. Genetic Modification of Africa’s Indigenous Seeds

Seed Sovereignty Struggle vs. Genetic Modification of Africa’s Indigenous Seeds

Genetically modifying African indigenous seeds must be carefully examined so as to understand the cost-benefit relationship of this effort to Africa’s agriculture sector. There is a strong argument that those seeking to invest in the business of genetically modifying African indigenous seeds want a monopoly of these seeds, thus controlling this multibillion dollar economic sector. Tragically, the takeover of what once were community-owned seeds poses very serious food security and seed sovereignty threats with devastating economic and national security consequences. In other words, genetically modifying African seed which leads to the eradication of the communal ownership of the indigenous seeds and transfers it to a few rich individuals and a few corporations threatens national security, food security and prosperity of affected nations. Click here for some facts about genetically engineered crops. Also click here to learn about the Nigeria Biosafety Act which civil society organizations have been opposing since it was signed into law in 2015.

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