African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance: who benefits, who loses?

Science on the Land

Helena Paul and Ricarda Steinbrecher at EcoNexus tell us about African Agricultural Growth Corridors and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. You can see their report here.

The idea is to end poverty and hunger by promoting commercial, intensive agriculture and free trade. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, maybe. Not everybody is impressed.

African Agricultural Growth Corridors were proposed in 2008 at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The plan was confirmed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 WEF proposed a New Vision for Agriculture. Now the Group of Eight (G8) is developing its New Alliance between the G8, African countries and private sector partners.

Ms Paul and Mr Steinbrecher aren’t very impressed. They say that the Corridors and the New Alliance ‘are described as development opportunities, especially for small farmers, but are likely to be most advantageous…

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