Across Africa, lobbyists, philanthropists and businessmen are working to open up the continent to GMO food. They argue that GMOs can provide a miracle solution to two of Africa’s plagues: famine and malaria. The main promoters is Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, now the head of the most powerful philanthropic foundation in history. This film reveals how the Gates Foundation became the main funder of genetic experiments underway on the continent and investigates the possible repercussions of their actions.
Without any counter-power powerful enough to challenge them, the Gates foundation is discreetly conducting research on cassava genes and on the genetic modification of mosquitoes to fight malaria. These kind of tests are banned in Europe because of their potential risks to health and the environment. But Europe has joined forces with private funds like the Gates foundation to carry out these trials in Africa.
Many see this little short of neocolonialism. By financing the development of GMOs in Africa, a neoliberal model of development and corporate domination is being imposed on Africa, opening it up to the global agribusiness. But in the new world of philanthrocapitalism, humanitarian aid has a stubborn aftertaste of business, famine programs are a pretext to introduce GMOs and public investments serve private interests.