Friends of the Earth International describes the flaws with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a programme largely funded by the Bill Gates Foundation. This commentary argues that AGRA’s corporate agenda risks compounding the problems it aims to solve. The Foundation’s programmes may marginalize the vital role of women in traditional societies and lift control of seeds and farm management from community to corporate level.

This document is a commentary by Mariann Bassey, Program Manager at Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and Coordinator for Food Sovereignty and Agrofuels at Friends of the Earth Africa.