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.
After many years of careful planning, we are proud to be hosting the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit in Seattle Oct 10-14! African leaders from eight nations are coming to Seattle to meet with CAGJ/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, Catered by Madres Kitchen
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.
At the Reception, have the opportunity to meet representatives from participating organizations including, from North America: Community to Community Development, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Family Farm Defenders, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Food and Water Watch, Food First, Grassroots International, IATP-Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, IDEX-International Development Exchange, National Family Farm Coalition, PANNA-Pesticide Action Network North America, Swift Foundation, US-Africa Network, WhyHunger. From Africa: African Centre for Biosafety (South Africa), Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign (South Africa), Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, Food Rights Alliance, Uganda, Friends of the Earth Africa (Nigeria), Kenya Food Rights Alliance, La Via Campesina Africa, MELCA (Ethiopia), Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information, and Negotiations Alliance, Surplus People Project (South Africa), Trust for Community Organization and Education (South Africa), We Are the Solution (Burkina Faso), ZIMSOFF (Zimbabwe).
7pm- Panel with African Food Sovereignty Leaders- Moderated by Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First Executive Director- $5 Suggested Donation
For more information, please contact Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch: email@example.com 206-405-4600
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
Georgia Good, Rural Coalition, SC
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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