Now’s the time to really challenge the New Alliance

16 March 2016

Tackling hunger and poverty on the continent of Africa evokes different responses but corporations together with rich countries are pushing through just one response: increase corporate control over land, seeds and farming inputs –all at the expense of small farmers who are the bedrock of food production on the continent.

The aid scheme, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, is at the forefront of this agenda. A noble sounding name masking a dangerous corporate take-over. Through the scheme, aid money and corporate investment are promised to the 10 countries signed up but in return these countries have to make changes to their seed and land laws which greatly benefit multi-national companies but are disastrous to small farmers.

The scheme has attracted widespread criticism and rejection. Last year over 100 farmers and civil society organisations from Africa and around the world called on all governments to pull out and withdraw funding from the New Alliance.

The European parliament is currently reviewing the New Alliance and commissioned an expert report, which also delivered a scathing critique of the scheme.

A large coalition of civil society organisations, NGOs and food campaigners have been working together closely across Europe to call on the European parliament to withdraw the EU’s support from the New Alliance. On Monday, this coalition turned up in Brussels during a European parliament meeting on the New Alliance to demonstrate the strength of public opposition to the New Alliance and ensure that MEPs listen to the waves of criticism levelled at the New Alliance.

Time is short.  Next month key MEPs are voting on what the EU’s response should be to the New Alliance. Now is the opportunity to call on MEPs to and ask them to withdraw the EU’s support from the New Alliance. Take action.


Is CETA dead yet?

24 October 2016

Some have called a victory, others are expecting to hear some awful deal has been brokered. Either way CETA, the trade and investment deal between Canada and the EU, is in mortal danger.

Time for the SNP to make up its mind on CETA

19 October 2016

Global Justice Glasgow, along with activists from across Scotland, were out in force at the SNP conference on Saturday, telling delegates that it’s time to Stop CETA. We made a bit of a visual splash with our dastardly corporate rats and spoke to several hundred SNP members as they went in to the conference.

Today we have won a battle on CETA, but the war is not over

18 October 2016

TTIP is close to death, and EU governments just failed to pass another toxic ‘trade’ deal with Canada. Europe’s undemocratic trade deals are in serious trouble, but we need to step up our work to stop them if we care about our public services and out environment.