New laws are coming in to regulate Africa’s seed markets – how would
they impact the continent’s food diversity and indigenous practices
of seed conservation?
Governments in Africa are on a legislating spree to regulate the continent’s seed markets – ostensibly to put a stop to chronic hunger. Many believe the real reason is the corporate push that is driving nations to facilitate and promote trade in hybrid seed varieties.
Will these new laws spell the end of the continent’s food diversity and indigenous practices of seed conservation?
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE, www.cseindia.org) and Down To Earth magazine (www.downtoearth.org.in) in New Delhi and Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) in Nairobi invite journalists working in Africa to join the Second Online Africa Network Media Café to discuss and demystify this subject.
The Media Café will examine the issues and concerns around seeds and seed markets in Africa from a reporter’s perspective. It will look at the ground situation through expert analyses; and will explore existing coverage, as well as identify future story possibilities.
Down To Earth’s special Africa cover on the subject will be launched on this occasion. Besides the magazine’s India-based reporters, six talented African journalists from Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania have contributed to this cover story.