Oxfam’s “GROW” song ft. 2 Face Idibia, Lami Phillips, Sound Sultan, Baaba Maal, Daara J Family, Ceepee, Danny Lee and Smarty
Press Play – Oxfam’s “Where Is Our 10%” ft. campaign. The artists 2 Face Idibia, Lami Phillips, Sound Sultan, Baaba Maal, Daara J Family, Ceepee, Danny Lee and Smarty
Top African celebrities unite in one voice to remind our leaders of their promises to the farmers and pastoralists of our nations
African celebrities come together in song to remind Heads of State of the commitments they made to farmers and pastoralists.
Today marks the launch of ‘’Where is our 10%?’’ , as part of the GROW campaign; the song features top artist like 2 Face Idibia, Lami Phillips, Sound Sultan, Baaba Maal, Daara J Family (Senegal), Ceepee (Mauritania), Danny Lee (Niger) and Smarty (Burkina Faso). The super stars have joined their voices together to appeal to African leaders to respect the Maputo declaration signed 10 years ago, on the 10th July 2003 in Maputo to invest more in family agriculture.
The African Union Heads of State and Government pledged to allocate at least 10% of their national budget to agricultural investment by 2008. Ten years later, 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”.
“I’m touched by the situation of the African people, especially the African farmers since it is them who feed us. My father is a farmer and it pains me to see that in Nigeria, where agriculture accounts for over half of the GDP, it represents less than 3% of Nigeria’s budget”, declared 2 face Idibia, the Nigerian international star.
Ndongo D from the group Daara J Family concluded,
“We felt we had to get involved with this song; we believe it’s unacceptable that in 2013 African farmers are still so badly affected by poverty. Governments need to give farmers the means to farm and so feed us all”.
The GROW campaign continues its work to raise awareness, provide information and reach out to a wide audience so they can call on Heads of State and Government to make a new commitment to Maputo, based on quality investments.
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