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This year is the 10th anniversary of the Maputo Declaration, where African heads of state pledged to dedicate a minimum of 10% of their national budget towards agriculture. However, they have not kept our promise in Nigeria: less than 3% of the current budget is allocated to agriculture, even though agriculture accounts for about 40% of GDP.
As part of the GROW campaign, Nigerian celebrities Tuface Idibia, Lami Phillips, and Sound Sultan have teamed up with five francophone West African artists to record a song calling on African leaders to keep their promises.
In solidarity with our small scale farmers – let's listen, enjoy, and most importantly share the song!
The launch of the song is one of the events of GROW Week, a series of activities around World Food Day on 16 October 2013 with the theme: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.
What else is happening?
Here are some of the other events during GROW Week in Nigeria:
- Using the GROW platform, small scale farmers – particularly women family farmers – will have the opportunity to exhibit their farm produce and products and be honored at Nigeria's national agricultural show, organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
- GROW Week will also visit some radio stations to talk about the WFD 2013 theme and the Impact of Investing in Women Small Scale Farmers to commemorate the International Rural Women's Day.
- To catch young people’s attention for agriculture, GROW will engage with secondary schools to establish or revive Young Farmers GROW clubs.
- Other notable activities include a "sensitization walk", a quiz competition among students and a symposium.
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