Google+ Hangout: Why investing in African agriculture pays

African superstar D’banj with a farmer in Ethiopia. He’s helping to raise awareness in Africa that agriculture pays! 

Did you know that growth in agriculture is 11 times more effective at alleviating poverty in sub-Saharan Africa than growth in other sectors?

Join ONE, the Caterpillar Foundation, award-winning Nigerian R&B star D’Banj and the Bahwaduba Agricultural Primary Co-operative for a Google+ Hangout on the HUGE impact agriculture investments can make in fighting extreme poverty. ONE will also discuss our exciting “Do Agric, It Pays!” campaign, which has garnered the support of nearly 2 million African citizens.

Even though African governments pledged to commit 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture in 2003, less than one-fifth of those countries have kept up on this promise. It is crucial to pressure African officials to renew their commitment to agriculture at the upcoming AU Summit and ensure policy is created that supports effective agricultural development.

When: Tuesday, June 17 at 10AM ET/ 2PM GMT
Where: In the player below

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Panel Speakers:

D’Banj is an award-winning Nigerian R&B singer and ONE member. Read his story here about visiting cocoa farmers in Ghana and why he thinks agriculture is so important.

Michele Sullivan is the Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation Director. Caterpillar has a long history of working to alleviate poverty and create a positive impact especially focusing on the advancement of women and girls. Learn more about the Caterpillar Foundation and their work here.

David Picard is the Africa/Middle East Region Manager for Caterpillar Inc.

Lesetja Mogoba is an executive director and founding member at the Bahwaduba Agricultural Primary Co-operative Ltd and has worked extensively to affect positive agribusiness change.

Dr. Sipho S. Moyo joined ONE in 2010 as the Africa Director. She represents ONE’s global work across Africa and helps mainstream the African perspective in ONE’s policy stances.

Kate Russell joined ONE as the Policy Director for Agriculture and Inclusive Growth in May 2014.  Prior to joining ONE, Kate served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Adviser in the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security. 

ONE is thrilled to partner with the Caterpillar Foundation on our “Do Agric, It Pays!” campaign to impact investment for agriculture where it is most needed. The Caterpillar Foundation is focused on making sustainable progress in the fight against poverty around the world, making them a perfect partner organization for ONE. We hope you can join us for this special Google+ Hangout!

Make your voice heard by signing our petition to urge African leaders to focus on the enormous benefits created by investment in agriculture.