n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Africa : the new frontier in the battle of the biotechnology corporates - : Africa-wide - monitoring economies

Volume 2013, Issue 09
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The United States (US) Government has for many years aggressively pushed for a biosafety dispensation in Africa that favours private sector investment by biotechnology multinationals. Because the distribution of seeds is central to the big agri-business model, US lobbying in Africa has focussed on the need for intellectual property laws to protect the plant patents of agricultural corporations, alongside open borders for the movement of seed between countries. The US campaign in Africa gained ground in 2013 as three new members brought to nine the number of African nations that have joined the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (G8NA), a US Government initiative adopted at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in 2012 with a self-declared goal to bring 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty within a decade. The G8NA's corporate partners include biotechnology companies Monsanto and DuPont, the fertiliser conglomerate Yara, and the grain merchant Cargill.

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