March 22, 2019

EU, FAO to establish N11 billion livestock, livelihoods projects in N’East

European Union Trust Fund is supporting the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of United Nations (FAO) to establish safety nets
project in Northeast, Country Representative of UN food agency, Nourou
Macki Tall has said.
The project is being funded by EU at 22.2 million Euros (N11.1 billion).
FAO’s representative disclosed this Wednesday in Maiduguri, while
distributing 150 bulls to youths living in insurgency affected
councils of Jere and Konduga, Borno state.
“The implementation of this project was in collaboration with the
World Food Programme (WFP) and The United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN) and FAO,” he said.
Continuing, he disclosed: “About 2,000 youths in insurgency affected
states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe; will receive bulls as part of the
initiative to restore livelihoods between 2018 and 2019,” adding that
the youths will benefit from animal health support, livestock feed and
training by FAO.
According to him, WFP will distribute cash to meet their immediate
needs, while UNWOMEN will deliver gender equality and cooperative
management training.
“If no humanitarian support is extended, 2.7 million people will
suffer food insecurity between June and August, 2019,” he warned.
He said the productivity of youths could be unlocked with strategic
and complementary support including animal restocking for depleted
herds, caused by insurgency.
Other adopted strategies, he explained, include access to startup
capital, markets and training in livestock production.
He said the distribution of bulls and other livestock; will provide an
alternative source of income.
“If young people have a productive livelihood in agriculture and can
meet their daily needs, they are far less likely to become hypnotized
by insurgent groups,” he assured.
Salisu Nara, a 25-year-old father of two from Zabarmari in Jere, was
overjoyed as he held tightly to a black and white coloured bull at
Wednesday’s distribution.
“Words can’t express how I feel, I am really excited for this bull, it
will take me out of poverty,” he said.
Continuing, he added: “I’ll fatten this bull and when he is big enough
I will sell for N250, 000 naira ($700).
He said with money he will buy a smaller bull and invest in irrigated farming.
Under the two-year project, FAO will reach about 100 000 households in
Borno, including farmers, agro-pastoralists and fisher-folks.
He further disclosed that to boost livestock production, 10, 000 IDP
households are targeted in Borno for other livestock distribution,
including goat and poultry.
He said all the livestock are quarantined and vaccinated, ensuring a
safe introduction to the communities.
The EU-funded project will also engage local and traditional leaders
to promote greater youth access to land and business opportunities.

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