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Oxfam International

Impacts of Reductions in US Cotton Subsidies on West African Cotton Producers

One of the first studies of its kind after the US reformed a controversial export subsidy program called “Step 2,” Paying the Price estimates how much farmer incomes in West Africa could increase after further subsidy reform, and what these gains would mean in practical terms for a typical West African cotton farming household. The report confirms that substantial reform of American cotton subsidies in the 2007 Farm Bill could lead to increased income to feed an additional million children (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007

Africa contaminated by unapproved GM rice from the United States

> Friends of the Earth Africa, briefing paper

Food aid and commercial imports sent to West Africa are contaminated with illegal GM rice. The revelations of contamination by illegal GM rice in the food supply in Europe and Japan prompted Friends of the Earth to monitor the rice supply in West Africa, a region that imports most of the rice destined to Africa. Samples collected were sent in October 2006 to an independent laboratory in the United States. Testing results have confirmed that contamination by illegal GM rice LL601 has (...) read

date of on-line publication : 4 December 2006

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