AGRA Watch is a grassroots, Seattle-based group challenging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s questionable agricultural programs in Africa, including its Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The Gates Foundation and AGRA claim to be “pro-poor” and “pro-environment,” but their approach is closely aligned with transnational corporations, such as Monsanto, and foreign policy actors like USAID. They take advantage of food and global climate crises to promote high-tech, market-based, industrial agriculture and generate profits for corporations even while degrading the environment and disempowering farmers. Their programs are a form of philanthrocapitalism based on biopiracy.
Review of New Report from African Centre on Biodiversity and Friends of the Earth on an African Agroecological Revolution
By Emma Shorr, AGRA Watch Co-Chair The inability of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, other philanthrocapitalist foundations, and governmental aid organizations to feed people on the African continent is clearly outlined in Who will feed…