The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has provided dry season agricultural inputs to 14,250 households for 2020-2021 dry season agriculture in the troubled state of Borno.
This is part of the UN agency’s fight against poverty and hunger in the state due to the Boko Haram crisis of more than a decade.
The FAO Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr. Fred Kafeero, made this revelation on Thursday during the launch of the 2020/2021 dry season agricultural intervention at Farm Center in Maiduguri.
Kafeero said: “Between 2017 and 2020, FAO reached approximately 218,741 households in Borno state with inputs including cereal seeds, legumes and vegetables to grow during the rainy season. For the dry season programs, FAO reached some 63,410 households in Borno with a variety of rice and vegetable seeds in the 2018-2019 (38,160 households) and 2019-2020 (25,250 households) agricultural seasons.
“During the current 2020/2021 dry season, FAO is targeting 14,250 households in Borno out of 24,830 households in the three states. Through the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) mechanism, FAO has trained 50 facilitators in the three states and provided support to strengthen and complement the extension services provided by state governments.
“A total of 194 ECAs have been established reaching some 5,694 farmers with knowledge of good agronomic practices, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and climate-smart agriculture. Between 2016 and 2019, around 20,000 households in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states received more than 60,000 animals, including bulls, goats and poultry, as part of the FAO livestock restocking campaign ”.
It revealed that in the current programming cycle, FAO plans to reach 11,900 households in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states with 111,400 animals (bulls, goats, improved chicks and noiler chicks).
He said: “FAO distributes goats mainly to women, and each woman receives three goats and one male, allowing the beneficiary to raise their herd independently. The herd serves as a productive asset base. Women can put a goat up for sale to meet urgent needs, such as school fees or investment in alternative livelihoods.
“FAO thanks its resource partners, including the European Union Trust Fund for Africa, European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, the people and governments of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Kingdom of Norway and the Kingdom of Sweden. , all of which generously fund the organization’s interventions in the region and Nigeria as a whole. “
He said FAO is assuring the Borno state government of its commitment to continue providing emergency livelihood assistance to affected populations in the state.
According to him, “We greatly appreciate the continued cooperation and collaboration that the state government and other development partners have given us to achieve this goal.”