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.

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What has agriculture go to do with our National Development?

It is evident that growth in agriculture has five times the impact of growth in other sectors on the citizens. Nigeria was majorly an agrarian economy till the oil boom of the 1970s. According to the CBN statistical bulletin, in 1970, 74% of Nigeria’s revenue was from non-oil exports, which were mostly export revenue of agriculture products.

Nigerians will vividly recall the Western Region with a 25-storey building from cocoa revenue, the pyramids of the North, the eastern ports loaded with rubber and oil palm business. Nigeria was named as the “Promise of the black race”.

How come we are not tapping into this huge potential?

How come we have a bulging youth population that accounts for 65% of the population who are mostly unemployed? Why does the Nigerian poverty count keep increasing? With the vast farmlands, available manpower and a high food import bill, is it not time that we do more in Agriculture?

This is a call to action for government to spend more on agriculture!

Can we just #doagric?

If your response is yes, join us in this call to action for government to spend more on agriculture. You can join in two simple steps:

Step 1: Sign the petition at www.one.org/doagric

Step 2: Copy, paste and tweet the lines below and lend your voice to the conversation.

The biggest wealth of Nigeria is in the energy of its people and vast arable farmlands. We can #DoAgric and create #Jobs. #CocoaNaChocolate

Revenue from Cocoa was enough to build a 25-Storey building. History can be revisited. It pays to #DoAgric and create #Jobs.

In 1961, 42% of global groundnut exports was from Nigeria. Today, Nigeria doesn’t export groundnuts. We can #DoAgric to resurrect that.

Despite our focus on oil revenue, Agriculture is the largest contributor to Nigeria’s GDP. Reasons to #DoAgric here http://www.one.org/doagric

The biggest wealth of Nigeria is in the energy of its people and vast arable farmlands. You can #DoAgric here www.one.org/doagric

Why is 65% of our youth population unemployed when we have a large arable farmland of over 36m hectares? We can #DoAgric to create #Jobs.

Join me and #DoAgric. Sign the petition to get a free track of @iamdbanj’s #CocoaNaChocolate at www.one.org/doagric via @ONEinAfrica

Do you know that without Cocoa there will be no Chocolate? You can listen to @iamdbanj’s #CocoaNaChocolate and resolve to #DoAgric.

Africa doesn’t just have the potential to feed itself: It has the potential to help feed the world. We can #DoAgric to create #Jobs.

It pays to #DoAgric. It could help lift millions of people out of extreme poverty by 2024, provide jobs, and boost the continent’s economy.

Closing notes:

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.

We can change this if we #DoAgric. Join me and sign the petition at www.one.org/doagric