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TPLF sneaks into Ethiopia’s seeds market, jeopardizing food security goal merely to ensure its continuity in power & privilege

29 Sep

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The empty and or misleading propaganda of ruling party political cadres’ aside, Ethiopia has only come a short distance from their party congress of early 2013 in Bahir Dar to this moment to boast about the transformed Ethiopian agriculture.
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Alliance for food sovereignty to meet in Addis Abeba to oppose GMO seeds

9 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) will next week meet in Ethiopia to discuss strategies for resistance against genetically modified (GM) seeds. AFSA is a Pan African platform comprising networks and farmer organisations working in Africa.
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loss of food security in developing nations due to rapid disappearances of local seeds worries expert

30 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory

Professor of anthropology Reem Saad warns of the increasing challenges to Egypt’s food sovereignty due to the expanded use of imported seeds. In this story, Dina Ezzat looks at the diverse challenges of putting food on the table, from the point of view of the consumer as well as the producer.

“We seem to be talking a lot about food security without really paying enough attention to the crucial factor of food sovereignty, which is an even more crucial matter,” said Reem Saad, a professor of anthropology and a researcher.
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Food security or food sovereignty: The case of land grabs

29 Mar


“[T]he role played by water access in land grabs cannot be under-estimated, including the competition between local and investor in acquiring access to water resources and to sustainable water usage, as well as coping with the problems of creating pollution and chemical run-off. Case studies in Ethiopia demonstrate that access to, and rights of, water sources disproportionately favor investors over local smallholder farmers (Bues, 2011).

The United Nations director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called these land-lease deals ‘neo-colonialist’ (Economist, 2011b). This statement was echoed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who warned of a new wave of colonialism (Associated Press, 2011). Madeleine Bunting (2011, p. 1) envisions a ‘dystopian future in which millions of the hungry are excluded from the land of their forefathers by barbed wire fences and security guards as food is exported to feed the rich world.’”

Read the rest of it in The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance


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