Author: AEFJN

The Glyphosate War

When the legal documents of the trial against Monsanto regarding glyphosate (Roundup, herbicide) were published, we were asked to review the material. This consists of 54 documents, hundreds of pages + 31 related documents. This is part of our continuing discussion on the dangers of Endocrine Disruptors. Glyphosate is part of it but is also accused of causing several kinds of cancers. In short, the discussion focused on the difficulty of proving the link (tests only on animals and geographical considerations) and on balancing the precautionary principle with the management of risks of using of potentially pathogenic products. The...

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Is Black Africa still in bad shape?

The title of this book by René Dumont caused scandal in 1962 and made an impression on all the students of the time. What about today? At the end of May, the African Development Bank (AfDB) published a report according to which 18 out of 54 countries have reached “medium to high” levels of education, health and living standards. This report was published in conjunction with the OECD (Organization for Cooperation and Development) and UNDP (United Nations Development Program). Among these countries, those of North Africa show the highest levels. All this is surely gratifying, for a continent that...

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Koudiadiène: a case in progress

     First field survey of the secretariat : May 2014 In May 2014, the secretariat went for a first time to the villages of Koudiadiène et Thiafathie. A member of the network had notified the secretariat about mining activity in the region and its impacts on the local population and the environment.  During the visit, the secretariat inquired about the situation on the ground, visited several locations in the area and consulted members of the community, men, women, youth and leaders of the rural committee of the time. The secretariat considered that more investigation was needed on this case....

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Forest governance – a difficult struggle

Illegal timber exploitation After the Amazon, the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical mass on our planet. Covering six African states, its intensive exploitation has become a source of revenue but also a source of conflict. Four African wood-producing countries have committed themselves through the Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) to ensure the traceability of timber exported to the European Union. These bilateral trade agreements are part of a wider European commitment known as Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), which aims to improve forest governance and combat illegal logging. This fight against the illegal exploitation of forests...

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POOR QUALITY MEDICINES IN THE DRC

The international organisation, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), announced in an article published on 17th January 2017 in the magazine Lancet Global Health that in 2015 more than 1000 people in an isolated part of the DRC had to be hospitalised after being poisoned by fake or poorly labelled medicines. The end of 2014 saw the first patients with symptoms such as stiff neck and involuntary muscular contractions arriving at the health centres in the district of Ituri, near the border between the DRC and Uganda. By August 2015, more than 1000 patients had been admitted to the health facilities...

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