The Gates Foundation Funding for the second green revolution

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent billions to fund a “second green revolution”, which appears to be having devastating effects. The foundation funds groups like the Alliance for a Green Revolution to impose technology on African farmers associated with those that enrich big companies like Monsanto.

The Gates Foundation established the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with the Rockefeller Foundation in 2006. From 2006 to 2020, AGRA received approximately $ 1 billion in funding, two-thirds of which came from the Foundation. Gates, and has given more than $ 500 million in grants in 13 African countries. AGRA was created to initiate this second green revolution in the name of reducing hunger.

The green revolution to which the Gates Foundation refers is the period between the 1940s and 1960s when the massive commercialization of pesticides, fertilizers and hybrid seeds by genetic modification took over agricultural production around the world.

Consequences of the second green revolution

Commercialization of the agricultural industry through a second green revolution has been promoted by Bill Gates and large corporations with the supposed aim of lowering the cost of food production and combating climate change. However, the second green revolution has been criticized for allowing companies to monopolize genetically modified crops, increase energy use and emissions, create greater barriers to entry for small farmers and decrease the nutritional value of the food harvested.

The best example of the consequences of the Second Green Revolution is the influence Monsanto gained on agricultural law and industry regardless of the health of consumers. Monsanto exploited regulations and patent laws to maintain a monopoly on seeds and technologies introduced by the Green Revolution.

Environmental activists such as Vandana Shiva openly criticized Bill Gates and other billionaires for funding the Second Green Revolution, saying he intended to join Monsanto in monopolizing the agricultural industry by expanding the new practices to globally while increasing malnutrition and poverty. In addition, many organizations of African farmers and activists are campaigning against philanthropic efforts to impose the Green Revolution on Africa. One activist compared the American influence on African food systems to police brutality in the American justice system.

Financing the second green revolution

Despite these criticisms, the Gates Foundation has made funding for the new Green Revolution a top priority. The Gates Foundation’s 2018 public income statements show it spent over $ 415 million on grants to other organizations for “agricultural development,” which is consistent with total spending in previous years. AGRA is the largest funder, receiving $ 35 million. Other major recipients of agricultural development grants include:

  • $ 27,679,275 at the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo
  • $ 17,228,268 to Cornell University
  • $ 14,854,877 to the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics
  • $ 14,497,453 to the International Rice Research Institute
  • $ 13,758,710 to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • $ 13,468,290 To University of Greenwich
  • $ 13,201,328 to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
  • $ 11,824,397 to African Agricultural Technology Foundation

Of the nine largest Gates Foundation agricultural grants, totaling more than $ 150 million, all except the one awarded to the University of Greenwich were intended to promote the development and integration of GM seeds.

Impact of financing the green revolution

AGRA’s method of reducing poverty and increasing food production in Africa is to provide subsidies to small farmers to use hybrid seeds and other practices associated with the Green Revolution. He is also lobbying governments to promote these agricultural practices in the hope that they will become the norm in African countries.

AGRA has set itself various goals to increase food production and reduce poverty by 2020, which it did not report after passing the deadline, but a study by researchers at Tufts University analyzed the impact of AGRA on the regions in which it operates. They noticed:

  • A 30 percent increase in hunger in the 13 countries in which AGRA operates.
  • Despite the goal of doubling productivity, AGRA countries recorded an average 18 percent increase in the yield of staple crops.
  • Nine of AGRA’s 13 countries have experienced increased hunger levels.

The study reports that medium-sized farmers benefited more than smallholders, but both had difficulty obtaining the fertilizers and technologies needed to maximize production with hybrid seeds. The study explains that the funding and subsidies allow farmers to plant at higher rates, but they could not produce at a comparable level because their operating costs were too high. This strongly suggests that Green Revolution technology would tend to benefit only large companies, which can take advantage of their economies of scale.

The influence of major technologies on agriculture

The Gates Foundation has spent billions of dollars under the guise of charitable donations to influence food systems around the world to make them more dependent on seed technology owned by big companies like Monsanto. Oddly enough, the Gates Foundation has also invested over $ 23 million in Monsanto and hired Sam Dryden, the former CEO of Emerging Genetics, a seed development company acquired by Monsanto in 2005.

In addition to the Gates Foundation’s financial ties to farm companies like Monsanto, Bill Gates has become the largest owner of farmland in the United States – and other tech billionaires have followed suit. In response to questioning about his ownership of farmland, Gates simply said, “The agricultural sector is important. With more productive seeds, we can prevent deforestation and help Africa cope with the climatic challenges it already faces. “

The only apparent positive impact of the Second Green Revolution is that it benefits the big companies that own the technology – to the detriment of food production for the poor and farmers.

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