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:
Cultivating Care, Growing Movements
CAGJ’s Rise Up! Summer School is a free, 3-month political education and leadership development program for community members, where we create space to collectively develop tools and analysis to strengthen the global food sovereignty movement.
This year, we will dig into the root of movement building — creating more space for joy! — beginning with these guiding questions:
How and why do we build grassroots power? What does it mean to be part of a social movement?
How do we organize ourselves in ways that sustain us all better than the extractive and exploitative systems under which we currently live?
As we build solidarity with struggles for justice, healing, and sovereignty, how do we always find our way back to, in the words of bell hooks, “love as the practice of freedom”?
We will situate our conversations in food systems, in the work of our partners with whom we have cultivated solidarity, and in strengthening the grassroots, global movement for Food Sovereignty.
Discussion Gatherings via Zoom:
3 Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm PDT
July 13, August 3, August 24
“In the Field” Webinars via Zoom:
TUES June 29 6-8pm PDT: Washington Food Chain Workers’ Struggle for Food Sovereignty. Open to the public – register here to receive the Zoom link.
+ 2 dates TBD
In-Person Teach Out (optional, local to Seattle):
Registration closes June 25th! Space is limited. tinyurl.com/RegisterRiseUp2021
“In the Field” webinars and reading materials will be available to the public on our website.
In order to create a cohesive learning community, we ask participants to commit to attending at least two discussion sessions, to deepen your involvement in CAGJ during 2021, and to come with a readiness to learn and have fun while doing it!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach co-coordinators Erika, Rachel, and Noël.