The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pushing an agribusiness model on Africa that has failed. Rather than relieving the ongoing hunger crisis, it has undercut Africans’ ability to solve their own problems, free of do-gooder philanthropists.
Jan Urhahn heads the Food Sovereignty Program at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation promised Africa a “Green Revolution” to fight hunger and poverty. It hasn’t worked — but it has upped corporate agriculture’s profits. Local farmers are being left empty-handed, and hunger is rising.