The UK government is helping corporations take over Africa's food. In the name of tackling hunger, UK-funded initiatives like the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition are helping multinational companies grab African land, seeds and resources.
For corporate giants like Unilever and Monsanto, this means vast profit. But for small-scale farmers, who feed most of the population, it means losing control of their livelihoods and the resources needed to grow food. Over 100 African farmers' groups have called this a "new wave of colonialism".
Send a message to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, urging the government to stop funding this corporate takeover.
The UK government must withdraw support from the New Alliance
Dear Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development,
Hunger remains a serious and complex problem in Africa. But by funding the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the UK government is supporting a corporate takeover of African food. This risks making the problem worse.
The £600m of UK aid committed to the New Alliance will help multinationals to take control of the land, seeds, resources and markets that small-scale farmers rely on. Small-scale food producers, who already feed most of the population, are set to lose out. African civil society groups have called the New Alliance a "new wave of colonialism".
Around the world, small-scale producers are calling for food sovereignty. This mode of production prioritises sustainable and affordable food for local communities, whilst ensuring producers receive fair pay and keep control over resources.
I urge the UK government to:
- Withdraw UK's funding and support for the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.
- Ensure that UK policies and aid spending are aligned with the principles of food sovereignty.
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