International Conference on Hunger, Food Aid and GMOs
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In collaboration with Consumers International Africa Office (CI-ROAF), União Nacional de Camponeses UNAC (Mozambique), Environmental Rights Action (Nigeria), Acción Ecológica (Ecuador), Oxfam Solidarity (Belgium), Third World Network (Malaysia), and Friends of the Earth International (The Netherlands), The Oakland Institute organized an international conference on Hunger, Food Aid and GMOs, from 14-17 July, 2004, in Maputo, Mozambique.

The shipment of GM food aid to developing countries is a growing controversy since 2000. The controversy reached a peak when several Southern African countries (Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in 2002-2003) refused to accept GM food aid, despite pressure from the U.S. and the World Food Programme (WFP) while faced with a food crisis.

Full program of the conference

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GMOs will not solve hunger, but will make it worse
A coalition of international mainstream environmental, consumer and farmer groups condemned the aggressive promotion of GMOs as a solution to hunger in the world.
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The debate over food aid and GMOs in Latin America, by Elizabeth Bravo (pdf)
As long as the production of Genetically Modified Foods continues in the world, an open market will be provided through U.S. Food Aid programs addressed to the world’s most impoverished countries, says Elizabeth Bravo of Acción Ecológica.
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Mozambique 2004: Summary from preparatory meetings and initial discussions
More than 100 delegates from over 24 countries are meeting in Maputo, Mozambique to take part in an international conference on "Hunger, food aid and GMOs."
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News Reports
GMOs will not solve hunger, but will make it worse
Mozambique 2004: Summary from preparatory meetings and initial discussions
Political interests block UN negotiation on the Right to Food
FAO slammed over GMO food
FAO: threats to food security in sub-Saharan Africa
International Conference on "Hunger, Food Aid and GMOs"
Southern Africa: Nutrition Fact Sheet - June 2004
Assuring food and nutrition security in Africa, by Joachim von Braun and Rajul Pandya-Lorch
Overview of regional policies and biosafety laws in Africa, by Mariam Mayet (pdf)
The root causes of hunger and how food aid works in Zambia, by Drinah Banda Nyirenda
The debate over food aid and GMOs in Latin America, by Elizabeth Bravo (pdf)
Towards ensuring food sovereignty, by Anuradha Mittal (pdf)
Food aid and GMOs: Africa and the consumers right to choose, by Amadou Kanoute (pdf)
Choike in-depth report: GM food
Choike in-depth report: Agriculture and food sovereignty

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