Resisting the new Scramble in Africa – a speaker meeting and stalls out and about …
On 1st July, Dr Ola Ogunyemi spoke about the work of Shepherd Food Ministries in Nigeria. Ola spoke at first hand about support poor farmers in their struggle to remain independent in an increasingly globalised world. If farmers are to keep hold of their land, they need up-to-date advice and an infrastructure that helps them to make a profit from their produce. There is a big gap between the support network of the farmers who grow the majority of the world’s food, and the money and help available for large multinational seed companies.
Christine Haigh of WDM spoke about the Scramble for Africa, and the need to support small farmers in Africa with our Government Aid, rather than the large multinational companies.
We also had a stall at the Leicester University Botanical Garden. Scramble for Africa took on a new meaning among the plants and specialist plant growers.