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Emergency seed distributions to combat hunger in north-east Nigeria

Jun 2017

To respond to the current food and livelihoods crisis in northeast Nigeria, FAO is implementing an extensive programme targeting 141 000 households – including women-headed households, equivalent to 1 128 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities, through the provision of quality agriculture inputs, to take full advantage of the 2017 planting season.

FAO’s assistance is reaching vulnerable farmers in 46 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states with the distribution of 2 070 tons of cowpea, maize, millet, sorghum and vegetable seeds and 3 525 tons of fertilizers.

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the protection and restoring of agricultural livelihoods and the improvement of the food security and nutrition of people affected by the conflict.

FAO is working with the Government and local institutions, as well as with national and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the World Food Program (WFP), all with the aim of addressing the immediate needs and creating a long-term approach to the crisis.

Author: FAO/Nigeria