The chemical fertiliser push in Africa and its implications for smallholder farmers is not receiving enough attention in current discourses concerning Green Revolution policies and practises in Africa.
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In a scandalous move of skulduggery, the African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), under the guise of empowering smallholder farmers in Africa, is subsidising multinational fertiliser and financial corporations on African soil. Other beneficiaries of this scheme are the global grain trading and food processing giants.
South African agribusinesses are aggressively expanding into Africa in search of profits from a relatively untapped consumer market with rising income levels and to escape the country's negative economic conditions.
Letter from Food & Water Watch, GAIA Foundation and ACB to UK government demanding answers over DFID funding of Green Revolution projects in Africa. [button icon="" size="medium" backgroundcolor="#99cc00" color="#ffffff" target="_blank" link="
We consider AGRA's broad philosophy and structure, focusing on AGRA's own views or those of its consultants, before turning to a more detailed consideration of its specific work in the Programme for Africa's Seed Systems (PASS) and, in slightly less detail, its Soil Health Programme (SHP).
An urgent appeal has been made to the African Union (AU) to discuss a ban on the cultivation, import and export of genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa at the next AU summit, to be held in January 2013.