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

    10653537_10153310209532137_530831343424097892_nAfter many years of careful planning, we are proud to be hosting the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit in Seattle Oct 10-14!  Ten African leaders are coming to Seattle to meet with AGRA Watch and leaders from over a dozen US organizations – see below for a list of participants.  To find out how you can support these efforts as a volunteer or host, please contact us! And Join us for a special public event on Oct 12th!

    The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers
    Sunday, October 12
    5pm Reception, 7pm Panel
    Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave

    African farmers are fighting for “food sovereignty,” the right of all people everywhere to control their food systems. You are invited to hear first-hand from African food leaders and farmers about how corporate “philanthropists” like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working to transform African small-holder agriculture into American-style industrial agri-business, with all its problems. Join us for a reception and a panel discussion to learn about the struggle for global food sovereignty and how we can work in solidarity to change these alarming trends.

    5pm Pre-Event Reception: Tickets $15-$25
    Join us for a Reception welcoming Food Sovereignty leaders from Africa & the US to Seattle. Food, beverage and entrance to main event included with purchase of ticket. Beer and wine will be available for sale. Buy tickets here, and at the door.

    7pm- Moderated Panel with African Food Sovereignty Leaders – $5 Suggested Donation
    Panel Speakers:

    The Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit has been organized in collaboration with the following organizations: 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. If your organization can Co-Sponsor and help us spread the word via social media, flyers, websites etc, please contact us!

    For more information, please contact Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch: 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:

    Representatives of hosting organization – AGRA Watch/Community Alliance for Global Justice, WA

    Saulo Araujo, WhyHunger, NY
    Ben Burkett, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, MO

    Jahi Chappell, IATP – Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, MN

    Jim Goodman, Family Farm Defenders, WI
    Heather Gray, US-Africa Network, GA
    Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition, MO
    Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community Development, WA
    Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First, CA
    Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PANNA-Pesticide Action Network North America, CA
    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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