The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers

    GBIACK 2.11.2010 075Join us for this historic and exciting event!  African leaders are coming to Seattle to speak out against acts of neocolonialism, share their experiences building sustainable and agroecological grassroots alternatives, and, with US organizations, build mutually beneficial international networks of solidarity.

    The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers
    Sunday, October 12
    Location: Town Hall Seattle, Eighth & Seneca, 1119 8th Avenue, 98101


    5 – 7pm Reception, downstairs at Town Hall: Tickets available on Brown Paper Tickets!
    Join Community Alliance for Global Justice for a special Reception welcoming our guests, food sovereignty leaders from throughout Africa and the US in Seattle for the African/US Food Sovereignty Meeting, hosted by CAGJ. Tickets are $15/$20/$25; Food and beverage complementary with purchase of ticket; beer and wine also available for sale. Entrance to Grand Hall included in price of reception. Buy tickets here! http://africanagriculture.brownpapertickets.com

    7 – 9pm Moderated Panel with African Food Sovereignty Leaders, upstairs in Grand Hall
    African farmers and activists are fighting for “food sovereignty,” the right of all people everywhere to control their food systems. Yet increasingly they are confronting “philanthropists” such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, big agribusiness like Monsanto, the G8 Alliance and other international players that are working together to impose industrial and chemical agriculture on the African continent. The Gates Foundation, directly and through its subsidiary initiative, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), aims to initiate a “Second Green Revolution,” although much of the developing world is still reeling from the negative, poverty-inducing consequences of the first. Through genetically modified seeds and expensive corporate inputs, corporate “philanthropy” is transforming the very face of African agriculture to a model more typical of American-style agribusiness, with all its problems.

    Thank you to our event Sponsors! African Centre for Biosafety (South Africa), Food First, Grassroots International, IDEX-International Development Exchange, Kenya Food Rights Alliance, National Family Farm Coalition, Pesticide Action Network North America – PANNA, We are the Solution (Burkina Faso), WhyHunger
     
    Share this event! Link to Facebook event here. For more information, please contact Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch: agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org, 206-405-4600

    African participants:

    • Mercia Andrews, Trust for Community Organization and Education, South Africa
    • Marian Bassey, Friends of the Earth-Africa, Nigeria
    • Fatou Batta, We Are the Solution, Burkina Faso
    • Million Belay, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and MELCA-Ethiopia
    • Ndiakhate Fall, La Via Campesina Africa, Senegal
    • Daniel Maingi, Kenya Biodiversity Coalition and the Kenya Food Rights Alliance
    • Mariam Mayet, African Centre for Biosafety, South Africa
    • Herschelle Milford, Surplus People Project and Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa
    • Elizabeth Mpofu, ZIMSOFF, La Via Campesina Africa, Zimbabwe
    • Bridget Mugambe, Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information, and Negotiations Alliance, Food Rights Alliance, Uganda

    North American participants:

    • Saulo Araujo, WhyHunger, NY
    • Ben Burkett, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, MO
    • Heather Gray, US-Africa Network, GA
    • Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition, MO
    • Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First, CA
    • Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community Development, WA
    • Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PANNA-Pesticide Action Network North America, CA
    • Jim Goodman, Family Farm Defenders, WI
    • Sara Mersha, Grassroots International, MA
    • Darcey O’Callaghan, Food and Water Watch, DC
    • Kadiri Sennefer Ra, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, MI
    • Karen Swift, Swift Foundation, CA
    • Yeshica Weerasekera, IDEX-International Development Exchange, CA

     

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Food Justice

Food Justice is the right of communities everywhere to produce, distribute, access, and eat good food regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community. Good food is healthful, local, sustainable, culturally appropriate, humane, and produced for the sustenance of people and the planet.

Through community education, political action, and anti-oppressive organizing and community-building, CAGJ's Food Justice Project seeks to challenge and transform the globalized, industrial, corporate-driven food system and promote existing alternatives as we join the global struggle for food sovereignty for all!

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AGRA Watch's objectives are to monitor and question the Gates Foundation's participation in the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Upon researching this initiative and its historical precedents, AGRA Watch finds the current approach politically, environmentally, socially, and ethically problematic. We support sustainable, socially responsible, and indigenous alternatives in Africa, and connect these movements to those occurring in our local communities.

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CAGJ works for Trade Justice by organizing to reform the current US trade model that prioritizes profits over people and the environment, while offering viable alternatives through democratic engagement. Through CAGJ’s Trade Action Network, and membership in the WA Fair Trade Coalition, CAGJ continues our historic organizing to halt future so-called Free Trade Agreements, including the pending Trans Pacific Partnership, and to monitor existing policy including NAFTA, CAFTA and bilateral agreements with Peru, Colombia, South Korea and Panama. We seek to increase public understanding of trade by educating and advocating about the links to our food system, food sovereignty, immigrant rights, climate justice and economic justice.

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