AGRA Watch

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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.

 


Recent updates and actions:

Seed privatization threatens farmers in Africa–watch Rich Appetites Episode 2 (Seeds) now!

We are very excited to announce the release of the second episode of our short film series, Rich Appetites: How Big Philanthropy is Shaping the Future of Food in Africa! Watch now, on the film website and Vimeo!

This episode exposes the Gates Foundation’s role in promoting laws that commercialize seeds in Africa and beyond, allowing corporations to commodify, control, and profit from the fundamental building blocks of agriculture–posing a serious threat to farmers and farmer-led seed systems in the process.

If you enjoy the film, please help us to spread the word and share the film!

You can share it on your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, as well as with your broader networks and people you think would enjoy it. 

Alongside any posts, please include: 

  • Tags for @AGRAWatch, @cagjseattle, and @AFSAfrica in any posts on Twitter, as well as interviewee @CIKODGH1
  • A link to richappetitesfilm.com and/or to the Vimeo video link for people to view the film
  • Optional: hashtags #DefundAGRA #RichAppetites and/or #FoodSystems4People 

Sample messages to use or adapt (or write your own!):

Twitter: 

  1. The @GatesFoundation is using “charity” to fund the industrialization of African agriculture and the privatization of seeds and ecological processes. Learn more about the detrimental consequences in Episode 2 of Rich Appetites https://vimeo.com/656329105 @AGRAWatch @AFSAfrica @cagjseattle @CIKODGH1
  2. @AGRAAlliance and the @GatesFoundation are leading a corporate takeover of agriculture in Africa, including privatizing seeds. Learn more about the detrimental consequences in Episode 2 of Rich Appetites: https://vimeo.com/656329105 @AGRAWatch @AFSAfrica @cagjseattle @CIKODGH1

Facebook: African farmers have developed and improved seed varieties for thousands of years. So why are American billionaire philanthropists claiming to “improve” Africa’s seeds by pushing laws that let foreign corporations privatize and monopolize the seed market? Learn more in #RichAppetites Episode 2: Seeds https://vimeo.com/656329105

Instagram: African farmers have developed and improved seed varieties for thousands of years. So why are American billionaire philanthropists claiming to “improve” Africa’s seeds by pushing laws that let foreign corporations privatize and monopolize the seed market? Learn more in #RichAppetites Episode 2: Seeds

Download the video here (for sharing sections on Instagram): https://vimeo.com/656329105

The agribusiness industry views seeds, soil, and other ecological processes as opportunities to create new products–and make more profits.

Agribusiness and their philanthropic supporters claim that seed commercialization laws help stimulate innovation–they don’t. But they do allow increased corporate consolidation and control over seeds and agriculture.