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African Centre for Biodiversity launch seed posters for smallholder farmers and civil society

The TABIO website will shortly be hosting 10 easy-to-read posters on intellectual property rights relating to seeds. Text from the African Centre for Biodiversity upon the launch of the posters: "The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is pleased to share 10 easy to read posters on intellectual property rights in relation to seed and what these mean for smallholder farmers. These posters come at a time where there is pressure on African governments to adopt new stringent intellectual property laws,…
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PRESS STATEMENT: 30TH OCTOBER 2015 - Civil Society Outraged at Secret GM Maize Trials Featured

We, the Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO), are outraged by plans by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives and the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) to conduct open field trials of genetically modified (GM) drought tolerant maize and insect resistant GM maize at Makutupora, Dodoma, as reported in the East African Newspaper of 27th October 2015. While these trials will start in April 2016 there has been no consultation with concerned stakeholders, civil society organizations, farmers and consumers…
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Agroecology: The Bold Future for Africa Featured

"Today a window was opened in what for 50 years has been the Cathedral of the Green Revolution." These were the words of the FAO director general, speaking at the International Symposium on Agroecology in Rome, September 2014. The event was the first time the FAO had officially and directly addressed the topic of agroecology. A year on, and we are now preparing for the first African conference on Agroecology, which will be held in Dakar, Senegal, October 5th-6th. TABIO…
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Where in the World are GM Crops and Food? Featured

Distribution of Genetic Modification (GM) worldwide Twenty years ago the Canadian government approved the first genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. The Canadian Biotechnology Network (CBAN) sees this as an opportunity to investigate and answer many of the still unanswered questions about the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on our health, our environment, and our economy. We think it’s worth sharing. See below a few bullet points from their first report: “Where in the world are GM crops and…
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TABIO Website Launch!

The Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO) is proud to unveil our state-of-the-art NEW WEBSITE! Reflecting TABIO’s three key campaigns, the site provides up-to-date information about farmers’ seed rights, GMOs in Tanzania, and the growing agroecology movement. Click through our pages to find the latest news and press releases on these topics and more, plus get in touch with our team of national experts. Join the network of actors standing up for agricultural biodiversity. If you care about preserving biodiversity in…
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Setting the Record Straight on Tanzania’s Biosafety Laws

Setting the Record Straight on Tanzania’s Biosafety Laws Tanzania has recently amended the Biosafety Regulations, the law which applies to the import, export, deliberate release, confined use, contained use, transit and placing on the market of GMOs and their products. The amendment was driven by persistent pressure from the Tanzanian research community supported by the biotechnology industry. In response to the announcement Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO) has thoroughly examined the amendments, taken legal advice, and consulted with the regulatory…
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