Sign the Petition: Food for Good? Good for Whom?Apr 1st, 2014 | By Danielle Friedman | Category: Agra Watch Blog Posts, Agra Watch News, Food Justice Blog Posts, News
The Gates Foundation claims to be promoting food for good (#Food4GoodSEA). We are asking the question: good for whom? (#Good4who)
Join us on SAT April 5th, 11-1PM. We will be passing out flyers at the Gates Foundation’s Visitor Center Food for Good event to educate folks about the Gates Foundation’s involvement in Africa. To RSVP or for more information contact: agrawatch@
Can’t make it to the event? Sign this petition to show your support and then share widely!
In 2006, the Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA’s primary goal is to alleviate poverty and reduce hunger in Africa through agricultural development that targets small-scale farmers. Unfortunately, the Foundation promotes industrial farming, inappropriate technologies, and pro-corporate policies that will make things worse for the hungry, for small farmers, consumer health, and the environment in Africa.
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 dis-empowering farmers.
Feeding the world and preserving the environment requires moving away from industrial agriculture and techno-fixes (like genetic engineering), and towards proven small-scale agroecological farming. A growing international movement of peasant farmers, fisherfolk, rural women, landless workers and indigenous peoples are calling for food sovereignty—the right to define their food and agriculture systems—as a solution to hunger, poverty and the climate crisis.
Sign the petition TODAY to pressure the Gates Foundation to support African-initiated programs rooted in indigenous farming practices, social equity and food sovereignty.