The Impacts of Industrial Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa & Why We Need to Shift Development Finance Away from It
This event will host academics, lawyers, and civil society advocates to discuss the drivers and impacts of the growth of industrial animal farming and the urgent need for policy and finance for sustainable, equitable, food and agricultural systems. Perspectives from varied regions will be presented including a special look at the African perspective. It will bring peoples’ attention to the heavy investments as well as corporate interests shaping development finance policies that favor the agro-industrial livestock sector expansion, especially the role of MDBs. It will explore the opportunities for and urgency of further research, alliance-development, and engagement in academia, advocacy and global and regional processes and hopefully inspire a broader articulation around campaigning against development finance investment in industrial livestock and the need to shift development finance and policy priorities towards agroecology, covering a range of issue areas (e.g. environment, health, animal welfare, farmer livelihoods, etc.).
Judy Muriithi, Lawyers for Animal Protection
Charles Ssekyewa, Director of the Center for Ecosystems Research and Development, Uganda
Tozie Zokufa, Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations, S. Africa
Merel van der Mark, Sinergia Animal
Dr. Victor Yamo, World Animal Protection, Kenya