Juliani travels around Kenya to help launch DO AGRIC campaign

Juliani travels around Kenya to help launch DO AGRIC campaign

Award-winning Kenyan hip-hop artist and ONE member Juliani is bringing the DO AGRIC campaign to life in East Africa.  He’s travelling across the region talking to farmers, youth, media, and decision-makers about why we need to invest in agriculture now. As a campaign, DO AGRIC really resonates with me. For some time now, I’ve been…

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…

D’banj: “Today the Koko Master has become the Koko Farmer”

D’banj: “Today the Koko Master has become the Koko Farmer”

Today the Koko Master has become the Koko Farmer. I’ve just returned from Ghana where I was lucky to meet an amazing cocoa farmer called Adam Yakubu. Spending time with him I learnt that farming is not only the foundation of our economy, but it’s also cool. This is where our food comes from. This…

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…

Comic strips that bust poverty myths

Comic strips that bust poverty myths

As Bill and Melinda Gates said in their 2014 Annual Letter earlier this month “By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been. People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient.”  Yet despite this fact, you’ve probably heard a lot of myths that paint…

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…

How African governments can improve land rights

How African governments can improve land rights

Last month, the advocacy group Global Witness uncovered an alarming story of ordinary citizens who were allegedly assaulted and arrested in Liberia by police, during a protest of land expansion by a UK-based company producing palm oil. While the company denies any wrongdoing, the land in question is communally owned, and this story highlights the…

Accountability in Liberia: How the music industry is creating change

Accountability in Liberia: How the music industry is creating change

Our guest bloggers today are Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab and Nora Rahimian, an organiser who uses the power of music to effect change. “If we don’t speak up against the ills in society, who will?” asks Takun J, Liberia’s Hip Co King, in front of thousands of screaming fans at a concert in Monrovia. He…

Go well Madiba, your spirit lives on

Go well Madiba, your spirit lives on

The Iroko Tree has fallen… an icon of gigantic proportion, and I’m finding it hard to explain the mix of emotions stirring in me. I mourn President Mandela’s passing because his mere presence elicited a strong sense of forgiveness and cohesion in South Africa and beyond. I ponder how, as human beings privileged enough to…

In memory of Nelson Mandela

In memory of Nelson Mandela

With the death of Nelson Mandela, we have lost one of the few genuinely world-changing figures of our time. For although seen narrowly, Mandela’s principal achievement – and lifelong goal – was to bring freedom to his own country, his ideals, his language, and the principles for which he stood inspired countless millions far from…

Bono on Nelson Mandela’s legacy

Bono on Nelson Mandela’s legacy

It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience. In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a…