The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), a network of 35 groups in Africa, is calling on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. government and other donors to stop funding harmful industrial agriculture and shift their funding and policy advocacy to support African-led efforts to expand agroecology.
- See African groups’ letter to AGRA donors
- Press advisory for Sept. 2 event to discuss defunding AGR
- XXX ally groups from XXX countries are supporting AFSA’s call to stop funding the African green revolution
- The letter will be delivered next week to the African Green Revolution Forum, a fundraising event sponsored by private donors, chemical companies and other business interests claiming they will present a “single coordinated African voice” to the UN Food Systems Summit.
Key articles by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
- Bill Gates: Stop Telling Africans What Kind of Agriculture Africans Need, by Million Belay and Bridget Mugambe. Scientific American, July 6, 2021
- Africa at the Crossroads: Time to Abandon Failing Green Revolution, Million Belay and Timothy A. Wise, IPSNews, Sept. 23, 2020.
- Africa Says “I Can’t Breathe”: An African Civil Society Perspective on Systemic Racism, by Million Belay. Common Dreams, June 10, 2020
- Seeds Of Neo-Colonialism: Why the GMO Promoters Get It So Wrong About Africa, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, May 2018
African faith leaders ignored by Gates Foundation
In June, the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute and nearly 500 African faith leaders sent an open letter to the Gates Foundation asking them to stop funding industrial agriculture in Africa. They received no response.
- Industrial Agriculture Is No Solution for Africa, by Francesca de Gasparis and Gabriel Manyangadze, Capital News Kenya, August 31, 2021
- African faith communities tell Gates Foundation: “Big farming is no solution for Africa,” Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute press release, August 3, 2021
University research confirms Green Revolution’s failures
Research published last year confirmed that AGRA was “failing on its own terms,” with slow productivity growth, persistent poverty, and rising hunger. AGRA has failed to provide evidence to refute the findings.
- False Promises: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a report from Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung based on Wise’s research, July 2020
- Africa’s Choice: Africa’s Green Revolution has failed, time to change course, Timothy A. Wise, IATP Policy Brief, July 2020. (Also available in French.)
- AGRA Update: Withheld internal documents reveal no progress for Africa’s farmers, Timothy A. Wise, IATP blog, February 25, 2021.
- New AGRA Reports Offer Little Evidence to Justify Continued Donor Support, Timothy A. Wise, IATP Policy Brief, July 21, 2021.
- Selling the Past as Innovation, Timothy A. Wise, Food Tank, February 10, 2021.
Hunger in AGRA’s target countries rose more than 30% since 2006, according to UN data. The sharp rise in hunger occurred even as African governments spent as much as $1 billion per year subsidizing the “green revolution” package of commercial seeds and agrichemicals.
According to the 2021 UN hunger report, two thirds of the people in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 did not have reliable access to adequate food, and nearly a third of them suffered severe food insecurity.
UN experts urge shift to agroecology
- In 2019, a high level UN panel of experts on food security and nutrition called for a shift away from industrial agriculture and toward agroecological practices and policies that address social needs and inequality.
- Recent research shows that agroecology can increasing productivity with lower costs and higher incomes for farmers, while also building climate resiliency.
- AFSA’s agroecology case study collection.
- Farmer voices (video compilation)
- AGC could provide additional video resources
Conclusion – Mariann
AGRA funders contacted by AFSA in June : Private foundations: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Raikes Foundation; Corporate foundations: IKEA Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, Yara; Bilateral Donors: U.S. Agency for International Development; the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (UK); Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany); Global Affairs Canada, International Development Research Centre (Canada); Kingdom of the Netherlands; the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD