AGRA Watch is a grassroots, Seattle-based group challenging 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 dis-empowering farmers. Their programs are a form of philanthrocapitalism based on biopiracy.
Join 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.
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://
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.
Expected African participants:
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“The Importance of Criticizing Philanthropy” | 06/09/2014