A good summary of the concerns about the role of philantropy pushing corporate agendas into health and agriculture programmes in the Global South.

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An interview with Justus Lavi Mwololo, National General Secretary of Kenya Small Scale Farmers’ Forum (KESSFF).

 

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Agritech in Africa promoted in Davos

Catherine Morand | 14 February 2018 | corporations, technologies

Bill Gates, at the World Economic Forum (WEF), which opens today in Davos, Switzerland, alongside agrobusiness multinationals in corpore, pursues a strategy of predation and transformation in continental African agriculture. In the name of world hunger and climate change.

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A rumored marriage between two ag behemoths, ADM and Bunge, could make life tough for farmers in a whole new way.

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We will not be silenced by Bolloré's SLAPP lawsuits!

Civil society organisations, media outlets, journalists and NGOs | 25 January 2018 | corporations, actions | France

This Thursday 25 January, a lawsuit was opened against three newspapers (Mediapart, L’Obs and Le Point) and two NGOs (Sherpa and ReAct), who are accused of defamation by the Luxembourgian holding Socfin and its Cameroonian subsidiary Socapalm, for articles reporting on the mobilisation of villagers and farmers in West Africa who live near farms managed by these two companies. These companies have strong links to the Bolloré group, and Vincent Bolloré himself serves on their board of directors.

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Thirty-three years ago today, the horrendous Bhopal gas tragedy at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in India immediately killed 3,000 people and 15,000 more subsequently.  Survivors, exposed to the deadly gas and their children, continue to suffer from the world’s worst industrial disaster. Thousands of tons of hazardous wastes remain buried underground and the area remains contaminated. Meanwhile, Union Carbide, which became a subsidiary of Dow-Chemical Co. in 2001, has yet to fully account for the tragedy.

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Farming for a small planet

Frances Moore Lappé | 12 January 2018 | corporations, climate crisis, food sovereignty

An excellent, and well documented, summary article by Frances Moore Lappé explaining why the industrial food system can't feed the world, and agroecology can.

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Dominant agri-food firms have become too big to feed humanity sustainably, too big to operate on equitable terms with other food system actors, and too big to drive the types of innovation we need.

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Join us at the People's summit against RCEP in Hyderabad, India, starting Saturday 22 July!

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