Africa Confronts Food, Fertilizer and Climate Crises

My IATP colleagues are in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt at the COP27 climate summit, joining up with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) to demand that agroecology be put at the center of the effort to help developing countries adapt to an increasingly dangerous climate. As AFSA shows in a great new report, “The Climate Emergency: How Africa can Survive and Thrive”, they are pushing back against efforts by the U.S. government and others to promote business-friendly “climate-smart agriculture,” with its continued dependence on fossil-fuel-based fertilizers. African farmers call such policies “climate-stupid agriculture.”

Bill Gates may call such fertilizers “magical,” but they are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. My research has shown that they are doing little to increase productivity in Africa and much to undermine small-scale farmers’ climate resilience. A new report from IATP and GRAIN shows that multinational fertilizer companies are profiteering off the Russia-Ukraine war, quadrupling their profits while developing countries see their fertilizer bills soar.

I was interviewed on Africa’s food, fertilizer and climate crises by Pacifica Radio’s Ann Garrison, who published our extended interview this week in Black Agenda Report. Read an excerpt below. And see IATP’s COP27 information hub for more analysis of the crucial issues on the table at the Climate Summit. And don’t miss IATP’s Uprooted podcast series: Talking COP27.

I was interviewed on Africa’s food, fertilizer and climate crises by Pacifica Radio’s Ann Garrison, who published our extended interview this week in Black Agenda Report. Read an excerpt below. And see IATP’s COP27 information hub for more analysis of the crucial issues on the table at the Climate Summit. And don’t miss IATP’s Uprooted podcast series: Talking COP27.

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