Borno State Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur giving his remarks during the event celebrating the success of the project “Restoring Conflict-Affecting Livelihoods in the State “. Photo: Dauda Iliya
The United Nations in collaboration with the Borno State government has provided livelihood support to 140,000 vulnerable households in 13 local government areas of the state.
The intervention was provided under Restoring and Promoting Sustainable Agriculture-base Livelihood to improve Food Security, Employment and Nutrition in the state.
The 3-year programme is being implemented by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), UN Women and World Food Programme (WFP) with the support of the European Union to provide conflict-affected smallholder households particularly those headed by women and youth with the means to restore their livelihood and address food insecurity.
County Representative of FAO of the United Nations Mr Fred Kafeero said the project has transformed the lives of thousands of people in the state through crop production, livestock restocking, agribusiness development, safe access to fuel and energy, irrigation among others.
UN Women Country Representative Ms Comfort Lamptey and that of the World Food Programme Mr Ronald Sibanda represented by Head of Maiduguri Office Bernard Owadi observed that the project has benefitted victims of insurgency as WFP alone has injected over N2.5 billion in the last 3 years in the state.
Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy Umar Kadafur explained that the state immensely benefited from the project as it has enhanced food security and nutrition of nursing mothers and pregnant women as well as created job opportunities for the youths and called for more support from other development partners.
“This is because our people are in need of assistance and support as most of them have returned to their communities to continue with their livelihood, Kadafur stressed “.
The event featured an exhibition of food, livestock and other items produced by the beneficiaries.
Reporting by Dauda Iliya, editing by Muzha Kucha