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Peasant Seeds are the Way Forward for Africa's Food Sovereignty. Bamako Declaration February 2007



Declaration made by particpants following a meeting held in Bamako between the 17th and 21st of February 2007. Topics covered include · the issues of privatisation of seeds and genetic engineering, · the principles and practices of ecological farming, · seed conservation and the food & cultural sovereignty of each country,- and the ability of traditional seeds to nurture and guide food and farming future in ways that sustain nature and the livelihoods of the agrarian communities of the planet. The meeting reaffirmed conviction in the strength of traditional knowledge systems and respectful intercultural dialogue and called upon national governments, particularly in West Africa to - support the use of traditional seeds and breeds - stop privatisation of seeds and biopiracy - ban GMOs - support farmer exchanges and innovations. -

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