Gates Foundation Gives $56 Million to Support AGRA’s PASS

The Gates Foundation gave another $56 million dollars to AGRA yesterday to support  AGRA’s Programme for Africa ‘s Seed Systems (PASS), which is focused on creating disease-resistant and higher-yielding seeds. PASS’s plans include creating 40 more private seed companies in addition to the 60 that were already created in the first stage of the program. They hope this will achieve yearly production of 200,000 metric tons of “improved seed” that will then be passed on to farmers . PASS also plans on educating more scientists on how to breed these seeds. The African Centre for Biosafety, and the Oakland Institute are particularly concerned that AGRA’s seed program is laying the foundation for the introduction of GM crops in Africa. Read more about AGRA’s newest plans here:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201202280809.html

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