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African-American Voices for Africa

African-American Voices for Africa is a network of leaders calling for the empowerment of our African sisters and brothers by advocating for policies that eradicate hunger, poverty, and disease.

By working as partners, we allow the people of Africa to lead more prosperous, stable, and healthy lives.

How to Get Involved:

Tell Congress:
YES, I CARE
  Tell Your CBC Member:
YES, I CARE

Learn About the Issues:

Liberia vs. Virginia: Poverty Comparison

LIBERIA vs. VIRGINIA: Liberia is roughly the same size as Virginia. Eighteen percent of African-Americans in Virginia live in poverty, whereas 64 percent of Liberians live in poverty. View the fact sheet

The African Growth and Opportunities Act
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. However, AGOA is set to expire in 2015.

Tariffs
Although AGOA is the most expansive of the U.S. preference programs and has played a positive role in U.S.-African relations, tariffs restrict trade in certain key agricultural commodities, including dairy, sugar, cotton, peanuts, beef, and tobacco—areas in which Africa has a comparative advantage.

Subsidies
U.S. agriculture subsidies continue to harm the agriculture sector in Africa. Given the high costs of agricultural production in Africa, these subsidies erode the benefits otherwise afforded by the duty-free provisions under AGOA.

  • The African Debt Burden
    Some developing countries in Africa have spent years repaying billions of dollars in loans and interest to former colonial nations. The United States could leverage support for interest-free loans and grants to governments of the poorest countries through multilateral agencies such as the International Development Agency.
  • Corporate/social responsibility:
    We have a responsibility to enact regulatory policies that restrict corporations from business activities that harm life or the environment in Africa.

Our Partners:

Abyssinian Fund

A.M.E. Zion Church

ONE Liberia

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

So Send I You

For More Information:

Contact Derrick Boykin, Bread’s associate for African American leadership outreach, at derrick@bread.org. Also, listen to Rev. Boykin's reflection, Africa On the Ground.

Additional Resources:

AAVA's Letter to President Obama

Fact Sheet: Shared History, Shared Experiences: Hunger and Poverty Among African Americans and Africans

Hunger and poverty among African-Americans mirrors the struggles many Africans face. However, these conditions tend to impact African nations more severely, resulting in increased disease and death.

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