African Diaspora Coalition UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2017 Side Event

As part of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened 10 – 19 July 2017, members of the Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition came together at the International Social Justice Commission UN Office on 12 July for the African Diaspora Earthcare Coalition HLPF Agricultural Land Retention Side Event.  The purpose of the side event was to discuss food sovereignty for marginalized populations in the African Diaspora in conjunction with the HLPF, and under the aegis of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD), 2015 – 2024.

QEW has been a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations since 1999, holding four UN agency accreditations with the mission of bringing a spirit-led Quaker voice to UN deliberations on the environment.  

Relocalization of Food Production African American Land Retention

A TIMELINE: Contributing Factors to African American Land Loss. In spite of neglect, hostility and sanctioned racial violence by the federal government and the southern states, by 1910 African Americans had acquired over 15 million acres of farmland and controlled 218,000 black farms. African American farmers now own less than 3 million acres of farmland and comprise less than 1% of US farmers.

Ancestor, …What Did YOU Do at the Time of the Great Transition?

Diaspora Earthcare Coalition – United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
A group of networked activists with no time for either megaphones or the politics of “silos,” and an evolutionary vision, locked arms and pledged to serve the most vulnerable populations. Soberly, they understood that climate disruptions, whether due to prolonged power grid outages, floods, drought, or extreme weather incidents would become more frequent and intense. They wanted to ensure that people who had become completely dependent on industrial agriculture’s distribution systems created alternatives for themselves and had local access to food and water as climate change dialed up.

Relocalizing Food Production – Food Sovereignty for the Most Marginalized

Global society has crossed the threshold of an existential crisis. The global south ─people of color in particular, walked across that threshold back in the early 1970s. Increased frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters, worsening variability in rainfall patterns, droughts, flooding, and heat stress have plagued Caribbean, Latin American, African, and island nations for over 40 years.

With the advent of the new American administration, the flagrant fusion of American corporate and state power will hasten climate change and unfettered resource depletion. We are ALL now racing toward the edge of the cliff! To relocalize production is to grow wings rather than plummet. We have choices.

We have choices. We can choose to purposefully live into relocalizing food production choice wherever we are.

This is all the more imperative for the most vulnerable and marginalized among us who are scapegoats in an unabashedly, “America First,” world.