Emerging almost a year ago at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Farmers’ Anthem (A Farmers’ World) -a tribute to those who tirelessly keep producing food even in the most adverse circumstances- remains relevant now and is the right tune to send a message of solidarity and encouragement to the thousands of people of St Vincent and the Grenadines that were displaced by the eruption of the La Soufrière volcano.
“With a little bit of love, with a little bit of hope, a little bit of care and tenderness, we can feed a whole nation, we can lay the foundation for a better tomorrow”, says the song written by Mistah Dale and performed by him and 17 other renowned Barbadian musicians, in a joint production between the Ministries of Farming and Food Security and of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports of the Caribbean country together with the IICA, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.
In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, some 20,000 people have been evacuated, especially in the northern part, the worst-hit. This region is also the main farming area.
“IICA supports the Government’s efforts to address the country’s food security concerns. We call on the international community to help a nation that needs everyone’s support at this time,” said Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA, who has put human and financial resources at the disposal of the aid effort.
IICA is the international organisation that focuses on farming at the Inter-Americas level. The entity’s goal is to stimulate, promote and support the efforts of its 34 Member States, in order to advance agricultural development and improve life standards in rural areas through international technical cooperation.
And they share this song with RAE – Argentina al Mundo.