Will the G8 food security alliance benefit Africa’s small farmers?

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The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, set up by the G8 in 2012, has met with criticism from a number of NGOs. Many share concerns that it will enable big business to dictate agricultural policy to advance their own interests. We reflect on the pros and cons of the G8's new alliance. The G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was set up last year under the US presidency, with the aim of improving food security in Africa by stimulating private investment in the agriculture sector. In 2012, more than 80 companies made investment commitments in the six African countries which had signed up. Today, nine African countries belong to the alliance, which says its target is to lift 50 million people out of poverty by 2022. This all sounds like good news for Africa, but some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been critical. Read more .


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