Heather Day, Matt Canfield, and our four panelists featured on a Zoom call grid.

Report-back on Webinar: Billionaire or Community Solutions to Climate Chaos?

Introduction On Thursday, February 25, CAGJ’s AGRA Watch campaign hosted a webinar in response to Bill Gates’ recently released book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster to unpack the role of Gates in contributing to the global climate crisis through his promotion of industrial agriculture.  For more context, you can view our 4-part infographic series […]

African Civil Society Declaration On The African-European Union Partnership

Blog post by AGRA Watch Intern Connor Nakamura CAGJ recently signed on to a declaration on the African-European Union partnership drafted by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), of which CAGJ became a member in 2018. African civil society organizations previously acknowledged recent EU-driven processes for rural transformation  for their focus on “Africa’s […]

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No Longer the “Wrong Seeds”: Farmer Seed Enterprise

Blog post by Carol Thompson “They called and asked to buy sorghum and millet seeds from us.” This simple statement reversed more than 25 years of derision and outright scorn of the idea that smallholder farmers in Southern Africa could propagate good quality seeds for planting, instead of grain.  The decades of public denigration from […]

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UN Food System Summit ‘Dialogue” events spark renewed concerns of corporate capture in North American food system and rural economies globally

CAGJ is a proud member of the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), an organization that has been closely following the developments of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), scheduled to take place in New York City in September 2021. Below is a letter NFFC drafted regarding the event. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced […]

New Report: A Summit Under Siege! Position Paper on UN Food Systems Summit 2021

Blog post by AGRA Watch Intern Connor Nakamura La Via Campesina (LVC) recently published a position paper criticizing the current trajectory of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS21) set to convene in fall 2021 while emphasizing the importance of creating a holistic, fair conversation around global food systems. LVC has played a significant role […]

Fighting Despair with Community, Organizing, Poetry

A message from CAGJ Director, Heather Day Please make a year-end gift to CAGJ today! Dear CAGJ’s Members & supporters, Living through this past year has been incredibly challenging, even more so for some than others. To fight off despair and find hope, it helps that we defeated a white supremacist facist on election day! […]

Navdanya & Vandana Shiva Launch New Report & Webinar: Gates to a Global Empire

Summary by AGRA Watch Intern Connor Nakamura AGRA Watch’s research on the Cornell Alliance for Science was featured recently in the “Gates to a Global Empire” report published by Navdanya. The report includes contributions from a variety of leading experts and civil society movements leaders, aiming to highlight “the dangers of philanthrocapitalism, which is boosting […]

New Report: Food for All or Feeding the Data Colossus? The Future of Food in a Digital World

Blog post by AGRA Watch Intern Connor Nakamura “The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the global resource grab in our food and agriculture systems. The encompassing digitalization of the core ecological and social components of these systems is the new means of making vast profits. Approaches that claim precision through efficient utilization of resources are, in […]