This statement was signed by twenty-four delegates from eighteen African countries to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in 1998:
(As published in The GMO Deception, Krimskey and Gruber, 2014)
We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the twenty-first century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.