UNDP Nigeria supports displaced farmers in North-East Nigeria

Aug 21, 2017

Displaced farmers provided with a water pump with a generator for irrigation in Kimba community, Borno State (Photo, UNDP Nigeria)

UNDP is scaling up its efforts aimed at accelerating early recovery of conflict-affected communities in the North-East Nigeria. In addition to supporting recontruction of public buildings, schools and health centres, UNDP Nigeria is supporting the farmers in the region by providing them with necessary agricultural inputs. With support from the Government of Japan, UNDP has provided 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.

Farmers in Kimba community located in Biu Local Government Area (LGA), Borno State were the the latest to receive support that will enable them restart livelihood activities. Kimba, an originally agrarian community with an estimated population of 5,000 suffered from attacks by Boko Haram - the community was attacked three times by the insurgents, twice in 2014 and on Christmas day in 2015, causing widespread damage to houses, triggering mass displacement of people. Households lost lost their main source of livelihood which depended on outputs from the farms.

Following reduction in insurgency activities in the region, and the recapturing of LGAs by government forces from Boko Haram, people are gradually coming back to their villages; but none of them have enough inputs to restart their livelihoods.

UNDP provided agricultural inputs to 450 households that cover almost all the returnees and the displaced people who commute to the village. Muhammad*, a beneficiary of UNDP's support, who is still displaced to nearby Biu city, stated he was now able to resume farming thanks to the inputs provided. Muhammad would, one day, like to reconstruct his family’s house in Kimba.

In addition to the fund from the Government of Japan, over 600 farmers have been supported with the UNDP Fund in Ngwom community in Mafa LGA in Borno State. These ongoing interventions are part of UNDP Nigeria’s integrated community stabilisation package which is using Ngwom as a pilot area for this approach. UNDP Nigeria continues to support early recovery and livelihoods of communities in North East Nigeria.

(*NOT real name)

 

Communications Specialist

Lucky Miusonda
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