A group of people stands in front of the colorful Feed the People Mural in Beacon Hill

An End-of-Year Letter to our Members & Supporters + 2022 Accomplishments

CAGJ’s end of year letter to our Members & Supporters 2022 Accomplishments: #RootingOurselvesInHope Greetings friends, What gives you hope despite increasingly desperate times? Every day I sit down at my desk, and dedicate myself to the tasks at hand, knowing that my efforts are adding to the efforts of millions of people worldwide, including peasant […]

Open Letter to Bill Gates from AGRA Watch & 50 Co-Signers

An Open Letter to Bill Gates on Food, Farming, and Africa AGRA Watch drafted this letter in response to two recent articles we found very troubling. We are joined by 50 organizations focused on food sovereignty and justice worldwide, who want Bill Gates to know there is no shortage of practical solutions and innovations by […]

Where does the Gates Foundation’s agriculture spending really go?

As part of our research for our Rich Appetites film series, AGRA Watch has conducted an analysis of Gates Foundation agricultural development grants specifically targeting Africa–now published as a report: African Agricultural Development … for the US? An Analysis of the Distribution of Gates Foundation Grants. Looking at grants through July 2021, we have found […]

CAGJ Activist Profile: Ashley Fent

Ashley Fent, AGRA Watch Research Coordinator Ashley initially volunteered with CAGJ while living in Seattle from 2006 to 2010, and is now a research consultant for AGRA Watch. She holds a BA in Geography from University of Washington, an MA in Anthropology and African Studies from Columbia University, and a PhD in Geography from UCLA. […]

Report-back: Farm Visit to Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad

In September, CAGJ had the pleasure of visiting the Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad/Land and Liberation Cooperative farm. The farm, founded in 2017 by four members of Washington’s independent farmworker union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, is an attempt at creating a workplace where the workers themselves have a direct say in the direction of the […]

Marchers hold up a sign that reads "Which side are you on? Yo estoy con Union!"

FUJ Tour Report-back: Fighting for Farmworkers in the US and Beyond

This fall CAGJ worked with farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia and other community organizations based out of Seattle to organize the FUJ Farmworker Solidarity Tour. Over two days in October, we convened a rally, march, dinner, teach-in and AGRA-Watch action in Seattle that highlighted how issues faced by farmworkers are connected to the […]

What’s wrong with the Africa Food Prize?

This week the titans of agribusiness will shine a spotlight on their favorite tech-based approaches to food production by awarding the World Food Prize in Iowa, as they do every year, in the home of Norman Borlaug, credited as the “father of the green revolution.” When Yara International, the Norwegian fertilizer company, decided that it […]

OCTOBER 2022 CAGJ E-news

CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | OCTOBER 4, 2022 HEADLINES | CAGJ HAPPENINGS | TAKE ACTION | CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS | COMMUNITY CALENDAR SUN Oct 9 – FRI Oct 14 Familias Unidas por la Justicia Farmworker Solidarity Tour Creando el Mundo Que Queremos Farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) is embarking on a Washington-wide […]

Watch CAGJ’s Webinar: Farming for a Hot Planet

Watch CAGJ’s Webinar: Farming for a Hot Planet Organized for Rise-Up Summer School with AGRA Watch In response to climate change, powerful individuals and institutions are pushing so-called “climate smart” agriculture, which serves corporate agendas. Yet grassroots movements have already been implementing grounded, people-led solutions to build climate-resilient food systems. In this webinar, we heard […]