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DO AGRIC campaign launches at the AU Summit with D’banj, Yaya Toure and Juliani

DO AGRIC campaign launches at the AU Summit with D’banj, Yaya Toure and Juliani

Last week, we launched our pan-African campaign DO AGRIC at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa. We were joined by D’banj, the African Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy H.E Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture from Mali, Benin and Niger, farmer organisations and several partners. I was particularly inspired…

African leaders must wake up and DO AGRIC

African leaders must wake up and DO AGRIC

Today we’re in Addis Ababa for the launch of ONE’s exciting and ambitious pan-African campaign: DO AGRIC. This is the issue of our time. 2014 has been declared the ‘Year of Agriculture & Food Security’ by the African Union.  As delegates gather for the 22nd AU Summit in Ethiopia’s capital, ONE is also here to make sure they deliver for the 70% of…

Farming in Africa: time to debunk some myths

Farming in Africa: time to debunk some myths

Our guest blogger today is Mercy Karanja, Senior Program Officer and Senior Regional Advisor to East Africa for Agricultural Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She grew up on a farm in Kenya, and along with her nine siblings, was able to go to school thanks to her parents farming activities. This post…

ONE leaps into the AU Year of Agriculture, starting in Benin.

ONE leaps into the AU Year of Agriculture, starting in Benin.

Last week, ONE jointly organised a two-day multilateral forum on agricultural policy with the Beninese platform of civil society (PASCiB) in Cotonou. It is not the first time that ONE and Benin have collaborated. In 2012, I had the honour to meet with Dr. Thomas Yayi Boni, then chairman of the African Union, to advocate for…

And the winner of our Big Brother Africa competition is … Melvin!

On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty,  we are excited to announce that Melvin is the winner of our video message competition targeting the African Union. I was excited to meet Melvin again after we shared the same flight to his home country, Nigeria, after the end of this season’s Big Brother Africa.…

Celebrating 50 years of African unity

As many of you will know, May 25 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the African Union and its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity. It is now known as Africa Freedom Day. It was a seminal moment 50 years ago when heads of state from 32 African countries—most of them being newly…

Thrive Campaign Continues in Africa

As many of our readers know, last month ONE delivered its Thrive petition signed by almost 35,000 African citizens to the African Union Chair President Yayi Boni of Benin. President Boni and Benin’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Nassirou Bako Arifari promised to take our petition to the full African Union in order to promote investments in…

Making our mark at the African Union summit

Guest blog post from sporting legend Haile Gebrselassie. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of working with ONE at the African Union Summit here in Addis Ababa. I was both honoured and humbled to be asked to join them in delivering your petition signed by almost 35,000 African citizens to the African Union Chair…