Heads of state from Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Tanzania discussed how Grow Africa – a partnership between the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency, and the World Economic Forum – has fared over the past year.
Several of us at ONE were in Abuja last week to attend events surrounding the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF), which presented a number of opportunities to lobby, advocate and draw attention to the Do Agric, It Pays campaign amongst a number of business and political leaders.
As ONE continues to make inroads in influencing agricultural policy reforms in Africa, its efforts are being further strengthened by the 120 organisations who have joined the Do Agric call. Nachilala Nkombo, ONE’s Africa Deputy Director, reports from Addis Ababa.
Since moving to Europe, I’ve worked hard to change the image that many people have of my continent. Of course there is extreme poverty in Africa, and of course we need to end this as soon as possible. But we Africans are not looking for hand-outs, but real change and sustainable solutions.
ONE launched the Do Agric, It Pays campaign in Abuja, Nigeria on March 20 with the help of our friends. There were over 150 participants, representing farmers, senators, international organisations, government officials and celebrities, including D’Banj – the Do Agric champion and newly minted agro–entrepreneur.
This week without a doubt has been one of the most remarkable weeks of my life, and my work at ONE. A wind of change is blowing over Africa, and it is refreshing to see that Africans are steering its course.
19 of Africa’s hottest recording artists have come together to record a new track, ‘Cocoa ‘na Chocolate’ exclusively for ONE.org. It’s one of the continent’s biggest ever musical collaborations, and has a loud message for African leaders: Do Agric, It Pays!
Today we are releasing our new song ‘Cocoa ‘na Chocolate’ and it’s yours for FREE when you sign ONE’s petition. I’ve come together with some of Africa’s top recording artists, including Femi Kuti, Omawumi, Fally Ipupa, Juliani & Vusi Nova, to tell our youth that their future is literally beneath their feet.