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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.
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.
African agriculture is in need of support and investment. Many initiatives are flowing from the North, including the G8's 'New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa' and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
When world leaders hastily gathered at the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation's (FAO) high level conference to respond to the global food crisis the three Rome based UN organizations (the FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural development and the World Food Programme) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Alliance for a