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NGO report "Carving up a continent" says aid programmes to Africa help multinationals at expense of small farmers - warns of increased hunger, "land-grabbing", insecure/poorly paid jobs

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30 April 2014

"Carving up a continent" report by WDM, and company responses

In April 2014, World Development Movement released a report, "Carving up a continent: How the UK government is facilitating the corporate takeover of African food systems"...Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Diageo, Monsanto, SABMiller and Unilever to respond to the report: Diageo did not respond. [responses by Monsanto, SABMiller, Unilever]

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1 April 2014

[PDF] Carving up a continent: How the UK government is facilitating the corporate takeover of African food systems

Author: World Development Movement

The UK...is channelling £600 million of aid money through the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition... [This and other] initiatives claim to support improvements to agriculture and food security in Africa, but...in fact...[help] multinational companies to access resources and...[cause] policy changes to facilitate those companies’ expansion...This report provides evidence that while multinational corporations are set to benefit...this is coming at the expense of small-scale African food producers... [The] pro-corporate approach of initiatives like the New Alliance is likely to exacerbate hunger and poverty through increased land-grabbing, insecure and poorly paid jobs, the privatisation of seed and a focus on producing for export markets rather than to feed local populations... Companies taking over land sometimes promise to create jobs for the people they have dispossessed, but jobs that materialise are often insecure and poorly paid. Jobs are also more likely to benefit men rather than women... [Refers to Diageo, Monsanto, SABMiller, Unilever. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Diageo, Monsanto, SABMiller, Unilever to respond; see Monsanto, SABMiller, Unilever responses below. Also refers to Cargill, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Syngenta, Wal-Mart, Yara, DuPont, Sun Biofuels, Grown Energy, ProSavana, East Africa Breweries (part of Diageo), United Phosphorus, Louis Dreyfus, Bunge, Vodafone, Rabobank, Swiss Re.]

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