Northeast Nigeria: supporting IDPs and host families engage in vegetable production

Sep 2016

In Northeast Nigeria, 3,000 households (about 24 000 people) are benefitting from FAO assistance to engage in vegetable production (rain fed and irrigated cropping) and marketing, thanks to the financial support of the Government of Japan.

A total of 5 tons of seeds of fast-growing local vegetable crops -Okra, Watermelon, Amaranth, Roselle and Sorrel- and 45 tons of fertilizers were distributed to crisis-hit beneficiaries in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states. This assistance will help them diversify their diets, and improve their income by selling surplus on local markets.

Support to food production is crucial to help displaced families and host communities engage in a recovery process. More funds are urgently required to implement a large scale livelihood support programme based on irrigated vegetable growing and micro-gardening.

Author: FAO Sub-regional Resilience Team for West Africa and the Sahel