Integrated Approach to Building Peace in Nigeria’s Farmer-Herder Crisis

 

Background

This project supports Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states in addressing the farmer-herder crisis through enhancing their preventive capacities by promoting dialogue and proactive engagement; building mutually beneficial economic relationships between farmers and herders; improving the effectiveness of the security response through strengthened human rights monitoring and accountability; and providing an impartial and evidence-based narrative to defuse the politicized debate and help mobilize a broader response.  

 

Project Goal

The overall goal of this project is to provide livelihood development and support to victims of violence, especially women and youth, in an effort to support affected communities in rebuilding their economic potential. Efforts will also include support to fodder banks and developing alternative feedstocks as a means to strengthen the economic interdependence between groups and promote value chain development for farming and livestock sectors in a gender and youth inclusive manner. This will include broad sensitization of the economic opportunities and linking up to nascent and developing markets.

This project will provide support to states to establish state-level structuresthat can help drive the peacebuilding agenda and strengthen a proactive and dialogue-centered response to the crisis. These structures will be supported with the development of comprehensive early warning early response systems, which helps identify early risk factors of violence. This becomes a powerful tool in convening civil society, security agencies and other influencers around thetargetstates to discuss structured and appropriate responses to early warningsand supports the mandated peace architecture to drive the peacebuilding agenda in the state.

 

The violence between farmers and herders havedevastated many communities, particularly those whose livelihoods revolve around livestock and farming. In especially impacting thefood producing states ofthe Middle Belt, thefarmers-herdersviolence riskscompromisingfood security more broadly in Nigeria, with increased prices as a result of production shortages and market disruptions. Furthermore, there is a need to translate the National Livestock Transformation Plan into actionand begin to invest in building capacities to take this work forward at the state level.Efforts targeted at supporting the livelihoods and economic growth in these areas must, as a matter of priority, seek to build mutually interdependent relationships between different groups and communities to have a preventiveand sustainableimpact. Successive missions to the affected areas of the crisis has pointed to this, as well as the potential for catalytic investments in value chains around alternative fodder/feedstocks and the untapped economic potential that exists.

 

This project will therefore, under this outcome, provide livelihood development and support to victims of violence, especially women and youth,in an effort to support affected communities in rebuilding their economic potential. Efforts will also include support to fodder banks and developing alternative feedstocks as a means to strengthen the economic interdependence between groups and promote value chain development for farming and livestock sectorsin a gender and youth inclusive manner.This will include broad sensitization of the economic opportunities and linking up to nascent and developing markets.

Status:

Completed

Project start date:

October 2018

Estimated end date:

October 2021

Focus area:

  • build resilience to shocks and crisis
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Nigeria

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Un Tr Fund For Human Security
  • Peacebuilding Fund
  • Amount contributed

    $3,210,569

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

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