AfricaNow! August 31, 2022 Africa & Food Security Insecurity in An Age of Planetary Crisis
Topic and Guests: Between September 5 and 8 this year, corporate executives, executives in governments, and donors will meet in Kigali, Rwanda at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The conference entitled “Bold Action for Resilient Food Systems” touts the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)—an initiative funded by the Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and others. But farmers, civic society organizations, agricultural experts have been very critical of the initiative as it is seen as a continuation of dependency on multinational corporations and northern donor nations.
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) in an August 23, 2022, press release notes that “…The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has deepened the continent’s dependence on costly imported inputs and undermined the resilience of Africa’s food systems. …Africa’s largest food producer networks and its allies are boldly demanding a decisive shift away from imported fossil-fuel based fertilizers and chemicals, and towards self-sufficient, ecological farming that revitalizes soil and protects ecosystems. …” (https://afsafrica.org/press-advisory/) The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is a broad a network of farmers, pastoralists, farmers’ networks, faith-based groups, environmentalists and others across Africa and beyond which on September 1 will be holding a virtual press conference to present African farmers’ perspectives of AGRA. (https://afsafrica.org/)
The show features a conversation focusing on African food security and food insecurity about the ideas that are related to land and agriculture throughout the continent of Africa and how it impacts the world. The conversation with Anne Maina, Ferdinand Wafula and Timothy A. Wise is also a critical analysis on the impact of the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Anne Maina is the National Coordinator of the Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya www.bibakenya.org. She has been actively working on challenging false solutions being pushed in Africa like Genetic Engineering, biofuels, the push for a green revolution in Africa and carbon markets as a strategy to cope with climate change in Africa. She has been very instrumental in the growth and development of networks such as the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and other networks in Africa. Ferdinand Wafula a farmer and Founder and Lead Trainer at Bio Gardening Innovations in Western Kenya. Hands on trainer on ecological organic farming with over 20 years interactions with farmers and development workers. Timothy A. Wise is a senior advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. He is the author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press 2019). He also authored a 2020 assessment of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
MUSIC ON THE SHOW: At beginning is--“AFRICAN MARKETPLACE” BY ABDULLAH IBRAHIM; at the break--“KURIMA” BY CHIWONISO MARAIRE; and at the closing is--“DENSU” BY OSIBISA.
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