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Syngenta Moving Forward with ChemChina Deal

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) and Syngenta are announcing they have received clearance from the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to proceed with their proposed transaction. The closing of the transaction will also be reviewed by numerous global regulators and other customary closing conditions. Show More Summary

EFSA: Lecithin for animal feed considered safe

EFSA considers the use of lecithin in animal feed. The scientific opinion has been published in the EFSA Journal.

Webinar: Keeping birds healthy – 4 key elements

World Poultry will air it’s Health & Disease webinar ‘Healthier poultry through water, feed, disease prevention and management’ on 21 September 2016.

2016 maize harvest added to Aflatoxin B1 profile

A new version of the Aflatoxin B1 monitoring protocol has been published, as part of GMP+ BA4 Minimum requirements inspection and analysis. Maize and maize byproducts originating from the harvest 2016 are now added.

Water scarcity, public protest slow foreign farmland purchases

Tanzania’s Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor, a huge farm production project that lies across the country’s southern highlands, seems to represent incisive thinking about Africa’s potential to produce jobs and feed the world. Show More Summary

Philippines: Corporate science subdues the poor

Early this July, a spate of news from pro-GMO camps (which includes IRRI and Mark Lynas) struck the headlines wherein they praised the report made by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine regarding safety of GM crops. Show More Summary

DRC: Communities mobilise to free themselves from a hundred years of colonial oil palm plantations

When the European colonizers invaded Central and West Africa during the nineteenth century, they came to understand (in a very narrow way) the possible wealth that could be generated from oil palm cultivation. They began taking over the local people’s large oil palm groves and tearing down forests to set up plantations. Show More Summary

Agribusiness, a step towards increased food dependency in Africa

The village of Yalifombo, on the banks of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was an essentially agricultural community. In this village it is possible to observe how the local economy, which revolved around traditional cultivation of oil palm, has collapsed from the dramatic increase in industrial plantations. Show More Summary

New trade deals legalise corporate theft, make farmers’ seeds illegal

Since 2001, GRAIN has been tracking how so-called free trade agreements (FTAs), negotiated largely in secret, outside the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are being used to go beyond existing international standards on the patenting of life forms. Show More Summary

Global food system absent from Paris Agreement

The global food system—the processes and infrastructure to feed populations—is one of the main drivers of climate change. Yet the issue is hardly talked about at the climate summits that governments hold every year. Why? Article written by GRAIN for Alliance Magazine.

Court rules that Brazilian businessman who sold lands to TIAA-CREF acquired lands illegally

A Brazilian businessman involved in the acquisition of farmland by US, Canadian, German and Swedish pension funds could face criminal charges for land grabbing. The Agrarian Prosecutor for the Court of the Brazilian state of Piauí has issued an order for the cancellation of 124,400 ha of lands illegally acquired by businessman Euclides De Carli. Show More Summary

Why is the EU funding Ethiopia's repression of land rights defenders?

On Friday, the EU and German government announced the agreement of providing the Government of Ethiopia with 3.8 million euro for a project to facilitate large-scale commercial land deals amid wide spread human rights abuses and brutal repression of its opponents.

DR Congo communities pressured to cede land rights by plantation company controlled by development banks

Over the past few days, Feronia Inc., a Canadian-based company majority-owned by European and US development banks, has been pressuring local communities to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would endorse the company’s continued operation and expansion of oil palm plantations within their territories. Show More Summary

Asia-Pacific peoples movements come together to challenge RCEP

More than 80 participants representing trade unions, farming communities, indigenous peoples, health networks, women’s organisations, academia and civil society organizations met on 27-28 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to take stock of the new generation of mega regional free trade agreements (FTAs) emerging in the region. Show More Summary

Elusive beneficiaries of Mozambique’s $4.2bn agricultural deal uncovered

Despite claims that a massive agricultural development deal in Mozambique will benefit the country’s citizens, there are indications that the project is designed to benefit a select few and could leave 100,000 Mozambicans displaced,...Show More Summary

Seeds of Freedom Tanzania documentary film launched

A new documentary film, "Uhuru wa Mbegu za Wakulima", captures the testimonies of farmers whose customary rights to save, share and exchange seed are threatened by seed laws designed to replace traditional varieties with commercial hybrids and handover control to the global seed companies. Show More Summary

Monsanto in retreat: movement from the grassroots

Since August 1st, the news is spreading that Monsanto had to abandon the construction of one of the biggest factories in the world for producing transgenic seed that was to be installed in Córdoba, Argentina, in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas. Show More Summary

Towards seed sovereignty: new easy to read seed law training posters for CSOs

Previously, the African Centre for Biodiversity shared with you, easy to read seed posters on intellectual property rights, UPOV 1991, the Arusha Plant Variety Protection Protocol etc. and implications for small holder farmers and farmers’ rights. Show More Summary

Mega trade and investment deals destroy local markets

This issue of Supermarket watch Asia bulletin highlights the impacts of trade and investment agreements on farmers, fishers and street vendors. We begin with a statement from the international peasant movement La Vía Campesina on trade,...Show More Summary

Taylor Farms donates backpacks to grade schools

For the sixth year in row, Taylor Farms employees partnered with Golden State Foods to donate backpacks and school supplies to first graders at four Salinas, Calif., elementary schools.

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