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The “Where is our 10%?” campaign African celebrities come together in song to remind Heads of State of the commitments they made to farmers and pastoralists. The 10th of October 2013 marks the launch of ‘’Where is our 10%?’’ , as part of the GROW campaign. The artists 2 Face Idibia, Lami Phillips, Sound Sultan (Nigeria), Baaba Maal, Daara J Family (Senegal), Ceepee (Mauritania), Danny Lee (Niger) and Smarty (Burkina Faso) are joining their voices together to appeal to African leaders to respect the commitments made 10 years ago in Maputo to invest more in family agriculture.
On the 10th July 2003, the African Union Heads of State and Government signed the Maputo declaration. In doing so, they pledged to allocate at least 10% of their national budget to agricultural investment by 2008. Ten years later, the outlook is far from rosy!
Only eight African countries have achieved their objective, six of which are in West Africa. A leading light of West African music, the internationally renowned Senegalese singer Babaa Maal sings the chorus of the song in Fulani, with passion and conviction: “if I could get African leaders to listen to me, I’d ask them: where is the 10% they promised to the good farmers and pastoralists”.
All the artists involved in this project are from countries that to varying degrees have had to deal with repeated food crises over the past decade. However, their involvement in this project primarily reflects African solidarity in the face of the fight against hunger.
Everyone wants to lend their voice to the farmers, pastoralists and consumers so that African governments invest more in agriculture and livestock farming, both in terms of quantity and quality.
Download and Listen to OXFAM’S GROW by 2 Face Idibia, Lami Phillips, Sound Sultan, Baaba Maal, Daara J Family, Ceepee, Danny Lee & Smarty