Our Africa, Our Agriculture: African Farmers and Faith Leaders Demand an End to the Failed Green Revolution
Ahead of the annual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), The Oakland Institute will join African civil society, faith groups, and farmer leaders in a virtual press conference to call for an end to the failing Green Revolution. 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.
At the AGRF forum on Sept. 5-9, corporate executives, governments and donors will gather in Kigali under the banner of "Bold Action for Resilient Food Systems." However, 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. This was made clear in a letter from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, signed by over 200 organizations, and delivered last year to AGRA’s donors.
AGRA and its donors (Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, etc…) have failed to heed urgent calls to change course. Furthermore, a recent AGRA donor-commissioned evaluation has confirmed that the programs have failed to increase farmers’ yields, incomes and food security. Despite the evidence from their own evaluation, AGRA continues enriching fertilizer multinationals with record profits while hunger in Africa surges to alarming levels. International Financial Institutions, including the African Development Bank, are using the current food crisis to channel public money towards these corporations and further the adoption of chemical agriculture and monocrops in Africa.
Thursday, September 1st — 4PM Kigali / 5PM Nairobi / 7AM OaklandREGISTER HERE
At this press conference, speakers will explain:
How dependency on foreign inputs harms Africa’s resilience to the climate crisis
How international institutions and initiatives channel public money to chemical corporations
Why AGRA’s initiatives undermine crop/diet diversity and ecosystems
How they now produce ecologically sound alternatives to synthetic fertilizers
Anne Maina — Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya (Moderator)
Anuradha Mittal — The Oakland Institute
Gabriel Manyangadze — Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute
Ferdinand Wafula — Bio Gardening Innovations
Leonida Odongo — Haki Nawiri
When: September 1, 2022 — 4PM Kigali / 5PM Nairobi / 10AM Washington DC