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  1. Africa's Farm Revolution - Who will Benefit?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    A farming revolution is under way in Africa, pushed by giant corporations and the UK's aid budget. It will surely be good for the global economy, but will Africa's small farmers see the benefit?
  2. Agroecology Case Studies
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The thirty-three case studies shed light on the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent. They demonstrate with facts and figures how an agricultural transformation respectful of farmers and their environment can yield immense economic, social, and food security benefits while also fighting climate change and restoring soils and the environment.
  3. ARIPO Protocol is a tool for foreign takeover of Ghana's agriculture
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Ghanaian citizens have so far prevented the passage of the Plant Breeders Bill, a UPOV-91-compliant law that would strip Ghanaian farmers of their rights to their own seeds. But there is worse coming from the African Regional Intellectual Property Association (ARIPO). To Ghana’s great credit, and despite determination and pressure from the G7, USAID and its contractors, despite the willing and enthusiastic cooperation of Ghana’s ministers, Attorney General, and both major political parties, Ghana has refused to pass a farmer destroying, sovereignty busting, UPOV law.
  4. Connexions Library: Africa Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Africa.
  5. The Crisis in African Agriculture
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    Why is Africa no longer able to feed itself? Lamine Gokou poses this question against a background of meticulous evidence charting the dimensions of the Continent's agricultural decline. He shows what has happened to overall food production, grain output, and levels of nutrition. He argues that the solution to Africa's food crisis must be primarily political. Technical measures can only work once African peoples have taken control of their own societies.
  6. An Economic History of West Africa
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    An examination of the economy of West Africa from the fifteenth to the twentieth century.
  7. How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
  8. Indian agribusiness sets sights on land in east Africa
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Indian investors plan to spend $2.5bn on acquiring vast tracts of cheap farming land in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
  9. Land and seed laws under attack as Africa is groomed for corporate recolonization
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Across Africa, laws are being rewritten to open farming up to an agribusiness invasion - displacing millions of small cultivators and replacing them with a new model of profit-oriented agriculture using patented seeds and varieties.
  10. Mozambique's Movement to End Land Grabs
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    To corporations, the forest is only business. To communities, the forest is everything: trees, medicine, culture, spirituality. Land-grabbing and the removal of communities from forests and land breaks the community, displaces access to food and water, and uproots the connection to nature and [local] knowledge. There is an old saying in Africa: the land doesn’t belong to us; it belongs to our children, and the children of our children.
  11. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 21, 2018
    What are we eating?

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2018
    What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant labour, and much else.
    For millions of people, the answer is brutally simple: not enough to survive. UNICEF estimates that 300 million children go to bed hungry each night, and that more than 8,000 children under the age of five die of malnutrition every day. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that 12% of the world's population is chronically malnourished.
    How is this possible in a world where there is an enormous surplus of food, where farmers are paid not to grow food?
    A short answer is that food production and distribution are driven by the need to make profits, rather than by human needs.
  12. The tremendous success of agroecology in Africa
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    A quiet revolution has been working its way across Africa. Agroecological farming, constantly adapting to local needs, customs, soils and climates, has been improving nutrition, reducing poverty, combatting climate change, and enriching farmland.
  13. Twiga Farm: The story of a Kenyan land grab
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the residents of Twiga Farm marched through the streets of Nairobi to hand in a petition to the National Assembly. Their demand was an investigation in the unlawful eviction from their lands, the Twiga Farm, and recognition of their right to return.

Experts on African Agriculture in the Sources Directory

  1. African Development Bank

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