UNDP Nigeria and Japan support displaced farmers in North East NigeriaJun 23, 2017
Building on ongoing work in meeting early recovery needs of conflict affected populations in the North-East, UNDP Nigeria is supporting farmers with necessary agricultural inputs which will help them restart their livelihoods. Over 600 farmers have been supported with seeds, fertilizer and insecticide in Ngwom community in Mafa LGA in Borno State. This ongoing intervention is part of UNDP Nigeria’s integrated community stabilization package which is using Ngwom as pilot area for this approach.
As the rainy season approaches in this part of Nigeria, it is critical for farmers to begin preparing their fields in readiness for planting. Boko Haram insurgency has caused enormous number of causalities, displacement and disruption of livelihoods following the nine-yearlong military insurgency. UNDP is providing support to many displaced and returning farmers to meet their needs, including agricultural inputs.
Support to farmers has also been provided with funding from the Government of Japan. The project has been providing agricultural inputs for rainy-season farming, irrigation, livestock farming and fishery to about 1,700 farmers in total in three states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.
In Adamawa, more than 200 farmers received inputs in June. Most of the beneficiaries are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) mainly from Borno State while others are from host communities – majority of IDPs are living in host communities.
One of the beneficiaries interviewed stated that his family was displaced from Borno and prefers to settle down in the host community. In order to launch his new life, the provision of agricultural inputs is critically important and he was highly grateful. UNDP Nigeria continues to support early recovery and livelihoods of communities in North East Nigeria.