Please Stop DFID funding unjust agribusiness practices.
We in the SPEAK network are deeply concerned that DfID and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition are promoting unsustainable farming methods across Africa, against the wishes of African civil society, and in the interests of multinational corporations. We are concerned that the use of UK Aid money to build partnerships with agribusiness companies that wish to exploit new markets in Africa will not, in the long run, lead to ‘food security’ - as much as it will to the degradation of farmland by chemical inputs and the creation of monocultures, and the dependency of African farmers on multinational corporations.
Therefore, our asks are the following:
For the G8's New Alliance for Food Security to ensure:
- respect and support for the rights of smaller scale African farmers to grow food and do business as they see fit, free of interference from and obligations to Multinational Corporations
- that aid is given to African countries to support food growth, without conditions attached that disadvantage or take away the freedom of their farmers
If these changes are not made to the New Alliance, to withdraw UK’s funding and support for the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, diverting the support to projects that are aligned with the principles of food sovereignty
Yours sincerely [your name]