July 3, 2020

False Promises

INKOTA-netzwerk and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

“False Promises” is an audio feature by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the INKOTA-netzwerk about the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)



AGRA set out to transform the agricultural systems on the African continent with their input-intensive agriculture – the initiative’s aim was to increase the yields of staple crops by 100 percent by 2020–21. Furthermore, the incomes of 30 million small-scale food producers were to be doubled, and hunger halved in 20 African countries.

Was AGRA’s “Green Revolution” successful on the African continent? What are the consequences of AGRA for small-scale food producers in the initiative’s 13 African focus countries? And are there alternatives to AGRA? The audio feature addresses these and other questions comprising perspectives from Germany, Mali, the US, and Zambia.

The audio feature is based on the study “False Promises: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” that was recently published in German and English. It can be downloaded on the website of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung at www.rosalux.de/en. The study is jointly published by: Biba (Kenya), Bread for the World (Germany), FIAN Germany, Forum on the Environment and Development (Germany), INKOTA-netzwerk (Germany), IRPAD (Mali), PELUM (Zambia), Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (Germany and South Africa), Tabio (Tanzania), and TOAM (Tanzania).

Produced by Studio Lärm with Lena Bassermann (INKOTA-netzwerk), Mamadou Goïta (IRPAD), Mutinta Nketani, Jan Urhahn (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung), and Timothy A. Wise.