Challenge the #GlobalSeedGrab

Fight the Enabling the Business of Agriculture Supported #GLOBALSEEDGRAB

Dear community,

A few weeks ago, we shared about the World Bank’s dangerous Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project and the particular threats it poses to African agriculture (read our analysis here). Now is the time to increase the pressure on the Bank and its donors.

On January 18, letters signed by over 150 groups (including CAGJ) were sent to the World Bank as well as the five donors behind the EBA project, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, demanding an end to this hijacking of farmers’ rights to seeds and the corporatization of agriculture.

This joint advocacy led by the Oakland Institute has forced the World Bank to recognize the importance and value of farmer-managed seed systems! In the 2017 EBA report released this week, the Bank incorporated some of the language from the letters word-for-word into the seed section (see attached image for an example of the specific language copied from the letter).

However, beyond this recognition, the Bank is still running the EBA and promoting the pro-corporate regulations we have denounced. Now, everyone can email the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and EBA donors directly to request the withdrawal of this harmful project.

As we highlighted in our last blog, the seed indicators are part of a regime of power that seek to legitimatize a vision of agro-industrial production, commercialization, and privatization. For farmers, this means creating markets along the supply chain to displace farmer-managed seed systems and agroecological farming. The Bank’s small fix aimed at silencing criticism does not guarantee changes in these indicators or the promotion of pro-private sector seed policies and large-scale industrial agriculture.

We cannot let the World Bank dictate agricultural policies of sovereign nations at the expense of farmers. Tell World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Western donors: DROP THE ENABLING THE BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE INDEX NOW!
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Oakland Institute Analyzes Tanzanian Agriculture Program in New Report: “Lives on Hold”

The Tanzanian government is pushing hard for the promotion of agricultural development through public-private partnerships in a plan called Kilimo Kwanza, or Agriculture First. The project involves the leasing of 800,000 acres of land in Tanzania to AgriSol Energy LLC, an Iowa-based company, and the eviction of 160,000 residents of this land. 

      A report called “Lives on Hold” by AW partner the Oakland Institute exposes the consequences of the Agriculture First plan, and also depicts how the relocation of Tanzanians will happen. Iowa State University has already withdrawn its support and involvement in Agriculture First in February of this year due to growing public pressure. 
 
Read more about Agriculture First, as well as the report by the Oakland Institute here: