Rich Appetites: The Corporate Capture of African Food Systems and the Hunger for Justice TUES April 25, 2023: 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm WAT/ 6pm SAST / 7pm EAT Virtual Film Screening and Panel Discussion Please register to receive the Zoom link: tinyurl.com/RichAppetitesVirtual2023 Help publicize: Share the Facebook event We will screen specific […]
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SAT March 25: Rich Appetites Film & Discussion at Town Hall
AGRA Watch is thrilled to present our short film series, Rich Appetites, at Town Hall Seattle on Saturday March 25, 7-9pm PDT. Registration appreciated but not required. Rich Appetites is a short film series that explores how billionaire philanthropists are pushing US-style industrial agriculture around the globe—including in Africa. This model of agriculture is the […]
WATCH FULL FILM SERIES! Rich Appetites: How Big Philanthropy is Shaping the Future of Food in Africa
At a time when global hunger is on the rise and the pandemic has dramatically impacted global food systems, corporations are gaining even more control over agriculture than ever. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the largest private charitable foundation in the world, is leading the way in pushing global agricultural development priorities toward […]
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 […]
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 […]
CAGJ Executive Director, African farmers’ organizations featured in Seattle Times article!
On September 8, 2022, the Seattle Times published excellent and critical coverage of the Gates-funded Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The article also made the front page of the print newspaper on September 9! Nina Shapiro writes: As an annual African farming summit takes place this week in Rwanda, activists, farmers and […]
“Privatization is not the Answer”: 2nd film companion guide just released!
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve published our companion guide to Rich Appetites Episode 2 (Seeds)! This guide is available in three formats: as a page on the film website, a Google Doc, and a PDF (available for download on the film webpage). The companion guide goes into more detail on topics covered in the second film, diving deeper into the research […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-USAID and Congress: Stop funding industrial agriculture in Africa
For immediate release: August 30, 2022 Contact: Ashley Fent, [email protected], 253-686-6081 Community groups and taxpayers call on USAID and Congress to stop funding industrial agriculture in Africa In solidarity with African civil society groups, more than 1,100 letter signers demand that taxpayer money no longer be spent on the failing Alliance for a Green Revolution […]
AGRA Watch releases position statement
Over the past few months, AGRA Watch’s core members have developed a position statement, responding to the appropriation of our analysis to serve causes we do not agree with (including right-wing and anti-vaccine agendas). We strongly object to baseless conspiracy theories about Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation, which detract from our research and organizing […]