The British government has been accused of helping to carve up Africa in the interests of big business after it emerged that £600m of aid money has been allocated to a G8-sponsored scheme recently described as a new form of colonialism.

The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a partnership between donor countries, multinational companies and 10 African countries, is intended to accelerate responsible investment in African agriculture and help 50 million people out of poverty by 2022.

But critics argue that the alliance is exacerbating poverty and inequality by prioritising its multinational investors over millions of smallholder farmers on the continent.

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