Saturday, June 29, 2013

Israel's dirty hands, everywhere: US in Africa

"But the US government's motivation for investing such a large sum in Feed the Future isn't entirely altruistic." "As USAID head Rajiv Shah indicated at the official unveiling of Feed the Future in 2010, the agency could advocate on companies' behalf to make investment easier in partner countries." "In 2011, for example, PepsiCo partnered with USAID under the Feed the Future rubric to employ farmers in Ethiopia to grow chickpeas for domestic consumption, as well as for export for use in Sabra hummus. (PepsiCo co-owns the Sabra brand with the Israeli company Strauss Group Ltd.)"