Agriculture – Our Mainstay

Traditional Igbo agriculture has been characterized over the ages as subsistence farming The chief agricultural products include yams, cassava, and varieties of cocoyam. Other important subsidiary crops include, plantains, maize, melons, okra, pumpkins, peppers, gourds, and beans. Palm products are the main cash crops. The principal exports include palm oil and, to a lesser extent, palm kernels. Trading, local crafts, and wage labor are also important in the Igbo economy. High literacy rates among the Igbo have helped them obtain jobs as civil servants and business entrepreneurs since Nigeria gained independence in 1960.

Today, the ambience of traditional environments and circumstances are history. There are issues of food security, teeming populations and poor economic situation in Nigeria. Indeed, there is hunger in the land. Today agriculture has never been higher on the world’s agenda. It should be more so for the Igbo if we hope to bring our scattered populations home and sustain them in the coming future. The official forecasts that the world’s population has passed seven billion and is likely to grow by two billion more by 2050 (and this includes Igbo rate of increase in Igbo population) has highlighted concerns over how these extra people can be fed. If we have the interest in mind, we must now think collectively. We must put in place our own Green Revolution reminiscent of the Green Revolution of South East Asia. We must begin to pursue aggressively programs to modernize and increase output. On the part of the governments of Igbo land, Ebonyi State commenced bold and honest efforts in this direction. Other Igbo states must follow suit. We mean real and genuine programs and not political lip service. Elsewhere in this website, we have highlighted the wonders being performed by Igbo sons and daughters in the business sector. Now is the time for our giants in the private sector to begin to invest massively in Agriculture. Now is the time. Now is the time to have a marshal plan to feed our people in the coming years even if Nigeria continues to toy with the lives of the people.

Take a look below. That’s a modern reaper, a descendant of the famous McCormick Reaper. How will it look in today’s agriculture in Igbo land. A little historical perspective should give us the impetus to pick up the gauntlet. The first time a mechanical reaper was developed in the Shenandoah valley in Virginia, USA, the blades mounted on it was constructed by an Igbo blacksmith. The builder crossed the Appalachians shortly after freedom from slavery and settled in the fertile land bound by the Appalachians, the Allegheny mountains and the Blue Ridge mountains. This is properly documented in the Frontier Museum in Staunton Virginia. Come on, Ndi Igbo ibem, we are always there where it is happening. We can do it again.


A NEW BEGINNING

Our Commitment to WIC Going Forward

Purpose of this thrust

To lay out strategies by the new administration, with the participation of all Diaspora Igbo, to revamp World Igbo Congress in order to enhance the robustness intended ab initio to reposition it for the onerous task ahead for the Igbo Nation.

Our Goals

  1. To reinstate the operational model of faithful adherence to the rules laid down at inception in order to restore the discipline needed for a viable and stronger WIC that will stand the test of time in this troubled era of the Igbo
  2. To establish an interfacing platform for all Diaspora Igbo Organizations to engender oneness of purpose, trust and unified response to emergencies
  3. To ensure that Diaspora Igbo under the aegis of World Igbo Congress is equipped psychologically and materially to undertake responsibilities that will ensure stability for the Igbo nation of the
  4. To have a robust World Igbo Congress that will respond energetically, rapidly, internationally and unapologetically to the needs of the Igbo as a

The Ikemba Strategic Committee

(The arrowhead of WIC’s renewed initiative)

GOAL: To prepare the WIC, the Igbo and Igbo land for today’s emergencies and for the future
  1. Immediately pursue a sustained global fundraising machinery for Diaspora Igbo
  2. Identify actionable litigation against all oppressors of the Igbo by way of Igbo Legal Defense
  3. Setup public relations and lobbying machinery so as to become proactive in Igbo affairs internationally and enlist the support of people or groups that will fight for us where it matters most
  4. Arrange presentations at World Centers including the United Nations, the governments of the US, The International Court of Justice at The Hague and Europe and African
  5. Stimulate our people to get politically involved locally so that, by default the Igbo becomes constituents of the political class in the US and elsewhere making it easy to mobilize this for our
  6. Rapidly articulate WIC response to any future
  7. Liaise with and report to the board for approval of decisions

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