Foreign Policy, July 11, 2014
WHEN WALL STREET WENT TO AFRICA
A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit.
GMWatch, August 15, 2014
▶ BRITISH THINK TANK TELLS AFRICANS TO GROW AND EAT GMOS
May 25, 2012 - PR Watch
▶ HOW THE U.S. SOLD AFRICA TO MULTINATIONALS LIKE MONSANTO, CARGILL, DUPONT, PEPSICO AND OTHERS http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/05/11530/how-us-sold-africa-multinationals-monsanto-cargill-dupont-pepsico-and-others
farmlandgrab.org, August 04, 2014
▶ CAN 'LAND GRABS' BY FOREIGN INVESTORS IN AFRICA FEED THE HUNGRY? http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23794
▶ Pambazuka, August 13, 2014
US-AFRICAN LEADERS' SUMMIT - NOTHING MORE THAN THE CONTINUED EXPLOITATION OF AFRICA FOR EXTERNAL BENEFICIARIES http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/92814
farmlandgrab.org, August 04, 2014
▶ CORPORATE INFLUENCE THROUGH THE G8NA AND OBAMA'S NEW ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN AFRICA. In recent times, new partnerships models between governments, business and civil society are increasingly gaining attention. One prominent example is the "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition" (G8NA), inaugurated at the G8 summit 2012 in the United States.
This working paper concludes that the approach and objectives of the G8NA are highly problematic. The initiative serves as an enforcing mechanism for corporate driven blueprints for agriculture and sidelines national plans and international standards. It is dominated and tailored towards the interests of big corporate actors and is based on a reductionist approach of agricultural “development”. And lastly, the G8NA is poorly institutionalized and disregards fundamental principles of transparency participation and accountability. http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23793
AFRICA - SOLD
OBAMA PUTS G8, BIG 6 BIOTECH CHEMICAL GMO GIANTS IN CHARGE OF "ENDING HUNGER" IN AFRICA http://sco.lt/7ENN8D
farmlandgrab.org, August 04, 2014
▶ LAND GRABS AND RESPONSIBLE AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT IN AFRICA http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23794
STEALING AFRICA: WHY POVERTY?
HOW MUCH PROFIT IS FAIR?
World Development Movement
▶ THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA. - INFOGRAPH
In the nineteenth century scramble for Africa, European colonial powers took control of the continent’s land, resources and people. Today’s multinational corporations, aided by governments, are taking control over Africa’s food system. http://www.wdm.org.uk/new-scramble-africa-food-monsanto-syngenta-yara/
SPECIAL ISSUE: PAMBAZUKA NEWS
GMOs, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND AFRICA
Pambazuka, July 24. 2014
-▶ GMOs AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: WHICH WAY AFRICA?
African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/92594
Inter Press Service, August 04, 2014
▶ THE 'GLOBAL' LAND RUSH. The first years of the twenty-first century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale.Today, enthusiasm for agriculture borders on speculative mania. When the price of food spiked in 2008, pushing the number of hungry people in the world to over one billion, it spiked the interest of investors as well, and within a year foreign land deals in the developing world rose by a staggering 200 percent. http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/08/the-global-land-rush/
-- WATCH --
Documentary: Farmland Grab
"PLANET FOR SALE"
BIG AG BUYING UP WORLD'S FERTILE LAND
▶ LAND GRABS: HOW FOREIGN "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/5YJpKb
▶ LAND GRABBING FOR BIOFUELS MUST STOP http://sco.lt/5kSOFl
▶ A VIP READ: THE ECONOMICS OF CURBING SPECULATION IN FOOD, WATER AND VITAL RESOURCES http://sco.lt/8YbdY1
SHOULD WE "WESTERNIZE" AFRICA FOR OUR OWN GAINS?
Washington Post, August 05, 2014
▶ VULTURE CAPITALISTS CIRCLING? HOW OTHER COUNTRIES ARE SCRAMBLING FOR AFRICA ALONGSIDE THE U.S. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/08/05/how-other-countries-are-scrambling-for-africa-alongside-the-u-s/?wpisrc=nl-wv&wpmm=1
▶ OBAMA SUGGESTS U.S. IS BETTER PARTNER THAN CHINA TO AFRICAN LEADERS AT SUMMIT http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/05/obama-africa-leaders-us-china-investment-summit
▶ OBESITY QUADRUPLE TO NEARLY ONE BILLION IN DEVELOPING WORLD AS WESTERN DIETS/LIFESTYLE ENCROACHES http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25576400
The Washington Post, August 05, 2014\
▶ AFRICA AGRICULTURAL INITIATIVE GETS $7 BILLION "BOOST" FROM MEGA MULTI- NATIONAL CORPORATIONS - BUT IS THIS THE BEST FOR AFRICA? http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/africa-agricultural-initiative-gets-7-billion-boost-from-private-companies/2014/08/04/276214d2-1be3-11e4-ae54-0cfe1f974f8a_story.html
EuroActive, July 10, 2014
▶ A PRIVATE AFFAIR: REPORT SHOWS HOW DEVELOPMENT FINANCE INSTITUTIONS BENEFIT THE RICH IN WESTERN COUNTRIES The European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) launched today the study A Private Affair in which it shows how the world’s biggest multilateral lenders are using billions of euros of loans in developing countries to finance Western-based companies while excluding governments and citizens of countries they are meant to assist from decision-making.
The analysis, which looks among others at loans by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s lending arm, analyses the consequences of the gradual shift from aid to private finance at the core of global and national development initiatives.http://bankwatch.blogactiv.eu/2014/07/10/a-private-affair-report-shows-how-development-finance-institutions-benefit-the-rich-in-western-countries/
FOOD AID FOR THE 21st CENTURY:
MEETING THE OBJECTIVE OR FEEDING THE CORPORATE COFFERS?
Pambazuka -Voices for Freedom and Justice in Africa
▶ HOW COMPANIES FRAME ISSUES OF FOOD AND GLOBAL HUNGER FOR THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST AND BOTTOMLINE PROFITS
There is a new, but deceptive, foreign drive to end hunger in Africa through large-scale agribusiness. Yet helping poor households in rural Africa feed themselves in an affordable manner means introducing low-cost, sustainable enhancements to farming.
History is riddled with examples of the poor dying of hunger when food was plentiful. Classic amongst these is the famine which wracked the West African Sahel during the early 1970s. While people were dying of hunger in Senegal, Mali and Niger, peanuts — a key sauce ingredient and source of protein across the region — were being exported to Europe....
...The rise of philanthrocapitalism in the US, where former and current business leaders, through the strength of their foundations, have increasingly come to influence the shape and direction of US international development programmes. Central to the philanthrocapitalist worldview is a belief that private enterprise is the fundamental agent of progressive change and that business acumen trumps other forms of expertise... http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85291
-▶ THE CORPORATE 'PHILANTHROCAPITALISTS' TAKEOVER OF AFRICAN AND GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY http://sco.lt/6CHP3R
Guardian, May 28, 2014
▶CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD OF FARMLAND A RISK TO WORLD FOOD SECURITY, STUDY SAYS. Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega-farms and plantations gobble up their land http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/28/farmland-food-security-small-farmers
Action Aid Report, May 23, 2014
▶ GLOBAL POLICIES ENCOURAGE LAND GRABBING AND WORSEN HUNGER AND POVERTY. “Allowing land to become vehicles for wealthy corporations and individuals to become richer while pushing vulnerable rural people into poverty and hunger is unjust, unwise and unethical,” it said in the report. http://www.trust.org/item/20140523061928-bn12w/
Modern Farmer, February 24, 2014
-▶ WALL STREET QUIETLY GOBBLING UP AMERICA'S FARM LAND http://modernfarmer.com/2014/02/wall-street-quietly-gobbling-americas-farm-land/
▶ WALL STREET, CORPORATIONS BUYING UP AMERICAN & FOREIGN FARMLAND, THREATENING FUTURE OF U.S. AND WORLD AGRICULTURE http://sco.lt/8mcmbR
WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY
FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING A CULTURE OF DEPENDENCY http://sco.lt/4l725B
The Washington Post, August 06, 2014
▶ JUMPING SHIP: U.S. POLICYMAKERS BRACE FOR RASH OF CORPORATE EXPATRIATIONS: DESERTING AMERICA FOR GREENER TAX PASTURES, LESS REGULATION (NO CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY HERE) http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/us-policymakers-gird-for-rash-of-corporate-expatriations/2014/08/05/4898ca5e-18d9-11e4-9349-84d4a85be981_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most
ONE SHORT VIDEO
▶ WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORPORATE PALM OIL -- IN ONE SHORT VIDEO -- DEFORESTATION, ECOCIDE http://sco.lt/6ni33R
▶ MAJOR PALM OIL COMPANIES ACCUSED OF ECOCIDE, BREAKING ETHICAL PROMISES IN ASIA AND AFRICA http://sco.lt/7DsLLd
THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM.
DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"
FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL.
OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY?
▶ WORLD BANK AND UN CARBON OFFSET SCHEME 'COMPLICIT' IN GENOCIDAL LAND GRABS http://sco.lt/5IxW2j
-▶ SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/72Hsf3
▶ BIOFUELS LAND RUSH. WHY POVERTY? THE UGLY RISE OF MONOCULTURE FARMING AND GLOBALIZED FOOD http://sco.lt/5z3gzB
BAN GMOs NOW
A Special Report, Institute of Science In Society
AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD
The Natural Eye Project
THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.
CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?
An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet
Solutions For A Sustainable Planet