1.2 million Africans Sign Petition in Support of ‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’ Campaign   Leave a comment


Five months after the launch ‘Do Agric, it Pays!’ petition
encouraging African leaders to make good on their promises
to improve their investments in agriculture,One.org has
enlisted more than 1.2 million signatures to the online
petition. A majority of these come from Nigeria.

In April, ONE.org ambassador, Dbanj released the video
‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’ featuring 19 top African musicians in
support of this campaign. The song, which also features
Omawumi, Femi Kuti, Kunle Ayo and Dontom calls on Africans
and leaders to use agriculture to create jobs and grow the
economy.

The hit collaboration as been well received by the public and
judging by the number of signatures to the campaign, young
Africans really support the message.
In 2003, Nigeria promised to invest 10% of its budget in
agriculture, but the budget currently sits at only 1.4%.
Meanwhile, UN research shows that agric is 11 times more
effective in combating poverty than other sectors such as
mining and utilities. That is because 70% of Africans depend
on it for their livelihoods.

Well, on June 23 – 27, African leaders will reconvene in
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for the African Union Summit. We
wait to see if our leaders will heed the call of the people and
decide to invest more in agric. Above all, we are yet to see if
the Nigerian government will make good on its promises,
heed the call of our artistes and petition-signers, and increase
its agric budget.
Citizens can learn more and sign a petition in support of
agriculture investment at http://www.one.org

Posted June 3, 2014 by SIRNEYO in GIST

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