Information and disinformation around the New Green Revolution in Africa

This notice just came my way, and I thought I’d share. If you’re in Washington DC next week, do consider dropping in…

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and What it Means for Farmers

Join us for a brown bag conversation with

Carol Thompson, an activist scholar and Association of Concerned African Scholars executive committee member

Co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Church World Service and the Washington Office on Africa.

Wednesday, Oct. 17th

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

United Methodist Building

100 Maryland Ave., N.E., Washington, DC

This initiative of the Gates/Rockefeller foundations, agro-industry and the US government promotes what African agriculture does not have—high tech inputs of patented seeds, pesticides and fertilizers instead of exploring the genetic wealth of the continent, which offers a biodiverse cornucopia for food. No one farming system can prevail on the African continent for the ecological diversity is vast. Promoting industrial agriculture will only increase debt, reduce fair trade, and delay food sovereignty. Join this initial discussion and share your expertise in planning strategy and tactics.

Dr. Thompson’s recent book Biopiracy of Biodiversity – Global Exchange as Enclosure, with Andrew Mushita was published with Africa World Press this year. She recently published an article on this topic with Foreign Policy in Focus called “Africa: Green Revolution or Rainbow Evolution?” available at http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4398

If you need more information contact:

Jessica Walker Beaumont, AFSC (917) 609-5788 jwalkerbeaumont@afsc.org

Mhizha Chifamba, WOA (202) 547-7503 mechifamba@woaafrica.org

Kathy McNeely, CWS (202) 481-6942 kmcneely@churchworldservice.org