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Currently, threats of famine are rising in certain regions of Africa due to their dependency on the Ukraine for grain, despite the fact that some of the world’s most nutritious and abundant crops are native to African soil. It’s a dangerous omen, but the silver lining is that it demands confrontation with a question that should have been addressed long ago: Why don’t African nations have food sovereignty? Formed by colonialism and capitalism and perpetuated by false narratives of dependency, the global markets that govern food systems continue to undermine the rights of Africans to grow and distribute their own food. Ultimately, this leads to diets that are less healthy, sustainable and affordable than would be the case if import-based supply models were swapped for those of local production. Think agroecology, family farmers, land rights, Indigenous crops – support for such things could revitalize the continent’s food pyramids, shape-shifting them back to how they should be. In this GLF Live on 22 August at 13:00 GMT, we’re bringing together the head coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty for Africa, Million Belay, with one of the leading young champions for zero-hunger and green revolution in Africa, Amanda Namayi, to discuss the pathway back to the continent’s power over its food.
Moderator: Claire Nasike