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Working Paper says G8's initiative on food security in Africa, which involves corporations, "disregards fundamental principles of participation & accountability to human rights"

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1 August 2014

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Author: Brot für die Welt, MISEREOR & Global Policy Forum (Germany)

 ...[T]he “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition” (G8NA)...is a commitment by the governments of the G8, African countries and corporate sector partners to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next ten years by “unleashing the power of the private sector"...[T]he...goals...are “to increase responsible domestic and foreign investments in African agriculture, take innovations that can enhance agricultural productivity to scale, and reduce the risk borne by vulnerable economies and communities"...[T]he G8NA has been subject to severe criticism from farmers’ organizations, as well as from CSOs in particular, both in Africa and in the G8 countries...For at least four reasons the G8NA can be regarded as a probematic initiative...The G8NA is dominated by and tailored towards the interests of big corporate actors...The G8NA is based on a reductionist approach of “development"...The G8NA is poorly institutionalized and not well integrated into existing international processes and agreements...

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4 August 2014

Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR and Brot für die Welt launch a new working paper on the "Corporate influence through the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa"

Author: Brot für die Welt, MISEREOR & Global Policy Forum (Germany)

...Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR and Brot für die Welt launch a new working paper on the "Corporate influence through the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa". The...paper puts a spotlight on how business interests are promoted through the G8NA...[T]he paper shows how the initiative bundles existing policy initiatives and aligns national policies to corporate interests. The paper concludes that the approach and objectives of the G8NA are highly problematic. The initiative...is dominated and tailored towards the interests of big corporate actors and is based on a reductionist approach of agricultural “development”....[L]astly, the G8NA is poorly institutionalized and disregards fundamental principles of transparency participation and accountability...

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