The chemical fertiliser push in Africa and its implications for smallholder farmers is not receiving enough attention in current discourses concerning Green Revolution policies and practises in Africa.
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The latest salvo in the battle over Africa's seed systems has been fired, writes Stephen Greenberg, with the Gates Foundation and USAID playing puppet-masters to Africa's governments - now meeting in Addis Ababa - as they drive forward corporation-friendly seed regulations that exclude and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labour fee
The Peoples' Dialogue and the Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) have written a short booklet on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the African Union's framework for agricultural development for Africa, titled ?Do African Farmers Need CAADP??
African agriculture is in need of support and investment. Many initiatives are flowing from the North, including the G8's 'New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa' and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
At the heart of the leading initiatives to 'modernise' African agriculture is a drive to open markets and create space for multinationals to secure profits. Green revolution technologies - and the legal and institutional changes being introduced to support them - will benefit a few at the expense of the majority.