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Grabbing Africa's seeds: USAID, EU and Gates Foundation back agribusiness seed takeover

Impacts/media coverage

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

G8 "Hunger Summit" initiative rejected by African civil society - Corporate takeover of agriculture & land will increase hunger, groups claim

Press release

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.