Part 4Defeat Eco-Imperialism: Join the Campaign against Climate Smart Agriculture
In May this year, Oxfam published their new report “Growing Better Future" and five months later ActionAid, their “On the Brink” report. Their key message was one and the same: We are hurling towards mass starvation on account of the synergistic impact of accelerating climate change; degradation of natural resources and untameable food price inflation in an over-populated planet. In the process, these NGOs elevated Malthus's reputation as a prognosticator to the Delphic levels of a Nostradamus.
This is Part 4 of this article deals with the attempt of Western countries to finance such a programme by a Global Green Fund and carbon market at the on-going Climate Summit at Durban. However a huge section of African NGOs are so upset about this funding linked to carbon trading that they signed an open letter to the leaders not to adopt this programme. Part I is the introduction. NGOs have changed the labels of their hysteria - from Global Warming to Global Hunger with the philosophical underpinnings of their programmes unchanged. Part II of the paper that critique the claim that “climate change” being responsible for high food prices and global hunger and concludes that at best these claims are based on shoddy research and at worst cloaks a Machiavellian agenda. Part III explains how Climate Smart Agriculture and Renewable Energy furthers the eco-imperialistic agenda.
Though both ActionAid and Oxfam project their respective reports as based on new in-house reports, the content is just a rehash of those found in the FAO report Food Security and Agricultural Mitigation in Developing Countries: Options for Capturing Synergies published in October 2009. This FAO Report in particular was cited extensively by Oxfam and so are many of their graphs and data.Apart from Oxfam and ActionAid other NGOs implementing Climate Compliant Agriculture reportedly include Aid, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Merlin, Muslim Aid, Plan, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision etc with a cumulative reach of over 100 countries.The FAO report gives details of strategy of raising funds running into over tens of trillion dollars for a 40 year programme. It is apparent that the attempt was to use a combination of a Climate Green Fund and carbon markets to finance the scheme. Read more: www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1318e/i1318e00.pdfOn the eve of the Durban Climate Meet, a concerted effort to actualize this financing mechanism gained momentum. A World Bank and SIDA-supported pilot project in Kenya is being used to convince governments that this is a workable solution for agriculture investment. This precipitated a vertical split within the ranks of NGOs with ActionAid, thankfully breaking away and leading the revolt and the formation of a formidable NGO alliance called No Soil Carbon Market challenging this move. This alliance wrote to all African leaders to resist this eco-imperialism. We reproduce the letter as found in their blog: