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Nigeria: Agriculture

Question for Department for International Development

UIN 60704, tabled on 17 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will identify NGOs that are running effective reconciliation programmes between farmers and herders in Nigeria and allocate funding to them to support the capacity building of their programmes.

Answered on

24 June 2020

We are deeply concerned by the ?inter-communal violence in Nigeria and the devastating impact that this has had on affected communities, including heavy loss of life. We continue to call for a solution that meets the needs of all the communities affected. DFID is designing a programme to address natural resource conflicts between farmers and herders, which may include support to non-governmental organisations. We value the important role NGOs play in supporting affected communities in Nigeria, and we will continue to work alongside them where possible.

Staff from the British High Commission in Abuja are actively engaged on the ground. The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, along with staff, visited Plateau State in December 2019 to further discuss the situation with the Governor, as well as Christian and Muslim faith leaders. They also met NGOs working on reconciliation to discuss the situation and the efforts they are taking to address it.