Says support will help over 700 000 victims of insurgents on nutritious food
As part of efforts to boost food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has launched its dry season emergency livelihoods programme.
The intervention programme was launched in three States, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe most affected by insurgency in Northeast part of the country.
Aside, the humanitarian organization is targeting about 117,000 farming families, representing 760,000 people as main beneficiaries in the selected states.
According to the FAO National Communication Officer, Mr. David Karls, farmers received seeds, rice and fertilizers, along with irrigation equipment, training and micro–gardening support to increase cultivation, reduce the impact of the food crisis and improve the nutrition of families facing severe hunger.
He said the campaign is being implemented in partnership with the state governments and was launched in Maiduguri, Borno state by the state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima.
“In Yola, Adamawa state the launch was conducted by the Executive Governor, Mohammad Jibrilla while the Yobe state Commissioner of Agriculture, Mustapha Gajerima represented the Governor, Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Gaidam, to conduct the ceremony.”
In his remarks, FAO Country Representative, Mr. Suffyan Koroma, the intervention became imperative to meet food need of the people and support their livelihood.
Koroma, who co-led the launching ceremonies and emphasized that “FAO’s support to food insecure populations in northeastern Nigeria focuses on helping affected communities to quickly meet their own food needs through their own production and ultimately contribute to building their resilience to future crisis”.
A 46-year old Ya Maida from Borno state lauded the intervention stressing that the farm inputs will support their food production activities to meet food consumption needs among other basic domestic needs such as clothing through selling of matured crops.