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Global Voices: Is Empowering Women Key to Eradicating Global Hunger?

Global Voices: Is Empowering Women Key to Eradicating Global Hunger?

Citing AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia’s article “Women and Food Security,” Juhie Bhatia writes at Global Voices about women as an often-overlooked solution to fighting hunger. She points to the gender gap in agriculture, where women  make up almost half of the world’s agricultural labor force and […]

AFA holds sharing and learning session and 25th Execom meeting

AFA holds sharing and learning session and 25th Execom meeting

The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Development (AFA) held a sharing and learning session and 25th Executive Committee meeting in Kampong Cham, Cambodia last April 5-7, 2011. The back-to-back activities were hosted by Farmer and Nature Net (FNN), an AFA member in Cambodia. It was attended […]

In the News: Africa: Successful Alternatives to Corporate ‘Green Revolutions’

In the News: Africa: Successful Alternatives to Corporate ‘Green Revolutions’

In the face of the Rockefeller and Gates foundations-funded AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) lobby ‘to extend outdated 20th century industrial agriculture’ to the continent, Carol Thompson and Andrew Mushita look at alternative African approaches for improving agriculture that focus instead on farmers’ rights and build upon local knowledge.

‘How can a green revolution be achieved in Africa?’ After more than a year of study, the expert panel, commissioned by then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, replied as follows: ‘no single technological bullet is available for radically improving African agriculture.’ African agriculture will require numerous ‘rainbow evolutions’ across the diverse African farming systems, ‘rather than a single Green Revolution.'[1]

By 2007, however, Annan agreed to be executive director of the Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and Rockefeller Foundations. AGRA proposes exactly the kind of agriculture the panel of agricultural experts (from South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Morocco, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China and more) rejected: Monoculture of one or two crops with the goal of increasing yields through the high use of fossil fuels, chemicals (fertilisers, pesticides) and biotechnology (patented genetically modified seeds). AGRA finances agricultural research and lobbies across the globe (e.g., January in Davos) to extend outdated 20th century industrial agriculture to the African continent.

Read more at All Africa

In the News:  Innovations in water management needed to sustain cities

In the News: Innovations in water management needed to sustain cities

On World Water Day, FAO stresses need to ensure adequate water supplies to swelling urban populations 22 March, 2011, Rome – As the world’s urban population continues to swell, the need to employ new and innovative approaches to ensuring safe and adequate water for city […]

AFA to share farmers experiences in plant genetic resources conference

AFA to share farmers experiences in plant genetic resources conference

AFA Secretary General Esther Penunia will make a 10-minute intervention during a multi-stakeholder conference on “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Nutrition Security” on March 15 in Bali, Indonesia. The intervention will focus on “The past, present and future contributions […]


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