March 23

Faiths Institute Asks Gates Foundation to Change Tactics in Africa

An African faiths environmental institute is calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to stop funding green revolution technologies and genetically modified seeds for the continent, but instead support natural methods to help Africa achieve food sufficiency and protect its environments.

In an open online letter that is also asking for signatures, the Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute said the foundation is fueling hunger and poverty by funding farming methods that fail to protect small-scale farmers and the environment.

The Gates Foundation said it is working to ensure that small-scale African farmers can lift themselves out of poverty.

Photo courtesy of Joseph D’Mello.

Source: EarthBeat (link opens in a new window)

Agriculture, Environment
food security, smallholder farmers