The husband of my cousin, Danny Lee with other African celebrities came together in a song to remind Heads of State of the commitments they made to farmers and pastoralists.
Called « Where is our 10% », to ask African governements to respect their engagements took 10 years earlier in Maputo (Mozambique) to dedicate 10% of their budget to argiculture. The sond features several celebrities as 2Face Idibia, Lami Phillips, Sound Sultan (Nigeria), Baba Maal , Daara J Family (Sénégal), Ceepee (Mauritanie), Danny Lee (Nigeria) and Smarty (Burkina Faso).
In July 2003, the governments of the 53 member countries of the African Union (AU) signed the Maputo Protocol, committing to allocate at least 10% of their national budgets to agriculture, later in 2008. « Ten years later, the situation is bitter! Only eight out of 53 African countries have reached their goal, » according to a statement received Ouestafnews.
« Six out of the eight countries are in West Africa, » the source said quoting the organizers of the « Growing » campaign, which calls for respect for this commitment. The eight countries are Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Malawi, Ethiopia and Senegal, which reached the symbolic threshold of 10%.