Gates to a Global Empire Report Launch

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On 14 October 2020, at 5pm CEST, Navdanya International will launch its new Global Citizens’ Report, “Gates to a Global Empire”, which has brought together contributions from civil society leaders and organizations in cross-sectoral fields and testimonials from civil society movements across the world.

A panel of contributing authors, including Farida Akhter, executive director of UBINIG, Bangladesh; Chito Medina, founding member of MASIPAG (Farmers-Scientists Partnership For Development), Philippines; and Claire Robinson of GMWatch will present their contributions to the report through an online Zoom conference, which will also be broadcast live on Navdanya International Facebook Page and event page.

The report gathers evidence and throws light on the dangers of philanthrocapitalism, which is boosting the corporate takeover of our seed, agriculture, food, knowledge and global health systems, manipulating information and eroding our democracies. Over the last 30 years it has emerged as a major force, able to derail the international agenda and push the future of humanity and the planet towards extinction and ecological collapse.

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The report shows how the patterns of technocratic solutionism, powered by an unholy alliance between big capital, science and technology institutions and states, are embodied by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and put into accelerated action through philanthropic development. Through its various initiatives, sub-organizations, development schemes and funding mechanisms, the Gates Foundation weaves an intricate web of wide-ranging power and influence, obscured through all its separate strands. The report addresses a large part of this web of power. It shows that the Gates Foundation ignores the past failures of the very technologies it wishes to push and disregards any potential problems its initiatives might yield. Its focus is primarily on profit and market expansion.

The report will be made available for free download on Navdanya International website on October 14.

Gates to a Global Empire … over Seed, Food, Health, Knowledge and The Earth:
A Global Citizens’ Report, coordinated by Navdanya International


Farida Akhter, founding Executive Director of UBINIG, Bangladesh
Fernando Cabaleiro, Attorney at law (University of Buenos Aires), Naturaleza de Derechos, Argentina
Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch
Claire Robinson, GMWatch
Nicoletta Dentico, journalist, and director of the global health program of Society for International Development (SID).
José Esquinas Alcazar, former Secretary of the FAO's Intergovernmental Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and Chairman of the FAO Ethics Committee for Food and Agriculture.
Seth Itzkan, Co-founder and Co-Director of Soil4Climate Inc.
Dru Jay, Coordinator of, writer and activist in climate justice and Indigenous solidarity movements, based in Montreal, Canada.
Aidé Jiménez-Martínez, MA in Sciences, Director of Regulations of Biosafety, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, SEMARNAT, Mexico.
Satish Kumar, Founder of Schumacher College, England, UK.
Jonathan Latham, molecular biologist and former genetic engineer. He now edits the website Independent Science News.
Mantasa, Indonesia.
Chito Medina, founding member of MASIPAG (Farmers-Scientists Partnership For Development), and former National Coordinator of the network. Associate Professor of environmental science in a leading university in the Philippines.
Zahra Moloo, Kenya, Investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and researcher on extractive industries, land rights, conservation and security. ETC Group, based in Montreal, Canada.
Silvia Ribeiro, Uruguay, Journalist, lecturer, writer, and educator on emerging technologies, Latin American Director, ETC Group, based in Mexico City.
Adelita San Vicente, Doctor in Agroecology, Director General of the Primary Sector and Natural Resources, SEMARNAT, Mexico.
Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (India) and President of Navdanya International.
Tapsoba Ali de Goamma; Human rights activist; Ecologist; President of the Terre A Vie association; Spokesperson for the Collectif Citoyen pour l'Agroécologie (Citizen's Collective for Agroecology).
Jim Thomas, Co-Executive Director and Researcher, focusing on emerging technologies on human rights, biodiversity, equity, and food systems, ETC Group, currently based in Canada.
Timothy Wise, Senior Advisor at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

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