THURS Aug 19, 10-11:30am PDT
How the Gates Foundation Sponsors the Corporate Capture of Global Food Systems
1-2:30PM EDT / 5 - 6:30PM GMT / 8 - 9:30PM EAT
A webinar co-hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
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With the UN Food Systems Summit set to take place this September in New York City, this roundtable discussion aims to raise public and media awareness about the powerful interests working to capture our global food systems, and chart a course for participants to take action for Food Sovereignty.
- Anne Maina, The Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya (BIBA-Kenya) and Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
- Shakara Tyler, Black Dirt Farm Collective
- Jim Thomas, ETC Group
- Stefano Prato, Society for International Development and Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism
Moderated by Matt Canfield, CAGJ/AGRA Watch, Leiden Law School in the Netherlands
Speakers will bring attention to Bill Gates’ and the Gates Foundation’s roles in advancing harmful industrial agriculture models in Africa and around the world. Though deeply flawed in many ways, this model of agricultural development is becoming dominant and edging out proven agro-ecological alternatives.
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AGRA Watch is a grassroots, Seattle-based program of Community Alliance for Global Justice, that challenges 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.