In 2003, Nigeria chaired a session of African countries which committed to spend 10% of her budgets at all levels on agriculture. This was a promise made in Mozambique and it is famously called the “Maputo Declaration”.
Considering the expanding population of the continent and also the large mass of arable land, this was a good promise for the continent. African leaders agreed that the continent with a population of almost a billion people needs to feed herself.
Post Maputo Declaration:
Since 2003, Nigeria as a nation has failed to lead by example, as her budget for agriculture has peaked at 3% of the total budget in 2008, which does not match the promise, made in Maputo.
What is the way forward?
For agriculture to expand, government has to take a lead by providing the right environment and also supporting smallholders. After showing an improved budget of N83bn for agriculture in 2013, the proposed allocation was brought down to N66bn in 2014.
Questions and more:
How does government sustain its famed agricultural transformation agenda scheme when it plans to spend less on agriculture?
Does this point to a clear policy direction of government if the key sector it plans to activate faces declined funding?
It is time to raise our voices that Nigeria as Africa’s largest economy should lead by example in making sure it continuously increase funding for agriculture and also stimulate private sector investments.
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.
How does government sustain its agricultural transformation when it spends less on agriculture? Click www.one.org/doagric to #DoAgric.
We advocate that our government honors its commitment to spend 10% of her budget on agriculture. Click www.one.org/doagric to #DoAgric.
Allocation for agriculture in 2014 budget is 1.45% of total budget. 8.55% less Maputo Declaration. Click www.one.org/doagric to #DoAgric.
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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.
In 2003, Nigeria chaired an African Union session which committed to spend 10% of total budgets on agriculture. #DoAgric
Allocation for Ministry of Agriculture has been less than the commitments since the Maputo Declaration. #DoAgric
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Nigeria has failed to keep its Maputo promise. Click www.one.org/doagric to #DoAgric campaign/demand that our government addresses this.
N83bn was the budget for agriculture in 2013 but allocation was brought down to N66bn in 2014. We can #DoAgric to create #Jobs.
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