Ibrahim Mayaki: The internal revenue was increased because governments put in place the necessary economic macroeconomic measures and took good governance measures in order to allow an increase in internal revenue. It’s a good thing. Maputo decided a target of 10% of public resources is allocated to agriculture. If we look at the stats today, about seven countries since 2005 have invested at least once more than 10% in the agricultural sector. And, around 23 countries invested between 7-10% of their public resources. So, we are beyond the target.
The positive thing is: the curve, and the tendency is very positive because we see more and more countries investing more. But, it’s not enough because we are way beyond the target and we need to do much more.
In Malabo, we framed the Malabo strategy and we included in CAADP Results Framework that will allow us to track more effectively a certain number of indicators, and among these indicators will be the one regarding public resources. So, it will allow us to push the leaders to be much more accountable and much more in coherence with political speeches. As you know, every candidate to a presidential post in Africa, all of them, every candidate announces that agriculture and rural development is his priority. So, we need to take them at their word, and show to them, in terms of accountability, we are doing well or we are not doing well. But, I am optimist because agriculture has been at the centre of the public policy debate. And, I am optimistic also because with democratisation and intensification of democracy, civil society organisations grow. Farmers’ organisations are getting more and more present in the policy design processes, and they pressure the governments so that public allocation to the sector does increase.