Campaigners carved up a huge cake in the shape of Africa at this year’s annual United Nations Association coffee morning.
It was their protest against a government scheme to help big companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over farming in Africa.
Campaigners from the Bexhill and Hastings World Development Movement group dressed to represent the businesses that will benefit at the expense of small-scale farmers in Africa.
They claim the UK government is giving hundreds of millions of pounds in aid to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which they believe will increase poverty by making it easier for multinational companies to take over farmers’ land and prioritising cash crops over food for local people.
Denis Lucey from Bexhill and Hastings WDM group said: “Small scale food producers feed 70 per cent of the world’s population. The last thing they need is big companies throwing them off their land or telling them what they can and can’t plant. UK aid money should go to supporting these independent farmers.
Coffee morning host Barbara Echlin said: “2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farms. This campaign has our full support. Large scale industrial agriculture is not the answer to world hunger. Currently it only produces around 30 per cent of the world’s food, yet uses 70 per cent of the arable land”.
For information on the Bexhill and Hastings Group tel: 01424 845225 or visit the group’s page on www.wdm.org.uk.