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Jan 15, 2010

Unravelling the “Miracle” of Malawi’s Green Revolution

GRAIN, a independent non-profit organization headquartered in Barcelona, Spain has written about the Green Revolution in Malawi.  It is critical of AGRA (A Green Revolution for Africa)'s work providing hybrid seeds and fertilizers to increase maize yields.  The report provides statistical information as to why this approach is not a new model that work effectively in Malawi or Africa. 

This report concludes that AGRA's efforts are not sustainable.  The authors' reasons:  1) the pressing issue of access to land; 2) the reliance on costly imported inputs; and 3) their impact on the soil.  The main goal of the article is to discredit Malawi's Green Revolution success story. 

GRAIN began as a group of European activists concerned about lobbyist and research issues regarding European development aid and its impact on the loss of genetic biodiversity.  Its acronym stands for Genetic Resources Action International.  Since the turn of the century, it has reorganized its mission to focus on supporting social movements in the South.

For more see: "Unravelling the 'miracle' of Malawi's Green Revolution," GRAIN Report, Jan. 2010.

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