The Monoculture effect and COVID-19

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An ACB statement on Human Rights Day, 21 March

The COVID-19 outbreak illustrates the complex interactions between deforestation, reduced biological diversity, ecosystem destruction, and human health and safety, in large part driven by the globalised agricultural and food system. Further, with the threats posed by climate change, we can expect greater exposure to existing and emerging pathogens.

IPC's letter on UN Food Systems Summit: Call for support

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The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) calls on CSOs to endorse their letter of concern to the UN regarding the 2021 World Food Summit

Since the 1996 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation's (FAO's) World Food Summit (WFS) in Rome, civil society organisations (CSOs) supporting food sovereignty have created alliances across movements and initiated dialogues with governments and institutions to influence shifts in policy.

This inclusive participatory process has involved, “thousands of representatives of small-scale food producers and Indigenous Peoples organisations in many crucial events and fora on agriculture and food systems all over the world, where their voices were previously absent.”

ACB’s Commentary on An Africa-Europe Agenda for Rural Transformation: Report by the Task Force Rural Africa

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The European Union (EU) is in the process of defining a new set of priorities in the African agricultural and food sectors, through the proposed implementation of the EU-Africa Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs. Their Task Force for Rural Africa published a report with draft recommendations, which is oriented towards promoting the capitalist transformation of African agriculture, through a path of ‘accumulation from below’ based on: family farmers; participatory democracy and planning; policy space; technological improvement and efficiency; ecological balance; protection of land rights; and rural diversification.