Demand action from African leaders on agricultural investment

Effinesi Bilita waters her vegetables, Malawi

In 2003, African leaders pledged to invest more in agriculture - eight of them did, but 46 have not kept their promises. 2014 is the African Union Year of Agriculture, so let’s come together and tell them to act.

Africa’s smallholder farmers are the people that feed us, but often struggle to feed themselves. They are the people most connected to our land and animals, but can lack the resources to make them thrive. They have been ignored by our leaders for too long.

Investing in agriculture pays. It could help lift tens of millions of people out of extreme poverty by 2024, provide jobs, and boost the continent’s economy. Africa doesn’t just have the potential to feed itself – it has the potential to help feed the world.

70% of African workers already earn a living from agriculture. Better irrigation, farming equipment, storage, market access, and women’s land rights could mean brighter futures for millions.

It is time to invest better and more in agriculture!

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This petition will be hand delivered to the Heads of State of the AU and is supported by:

Joséphine Ouédraogo (former minister, Burkina Faso), Gaston Kaboré (film maker, Burkina Faso), Tiken Jah Fakoly (singer, Côte d’Ivoire), Amadou Makhtar Mbow (former UNESCO Director, Senegal), Amadou et Mariam (singers, Mali), 2face Idibia (musician, Nigeria), Moussa Tchangari (food rights activist, Niger), Yaya Toure (footballer, Côte d’Ivoire), Winnie Byanyima (Executive Director, Oxfam International).

Read their open letter to the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.