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Barriers to Building Resilience in and to Conflict in Nigeria

16/03/2018
Keywords: Food security, Food Security Cluster (FSC), Nigeria, Protracted crises and conflicts, Resilience measurement and analysis, Sustainable peace, Vulnerability reduction, Western Africa

The Food Security Cluster (FSC) Preparedness and Resilience Working Group (PRWG) launched a call for good practices on preparedness and resilience-building approaches and activities among its partners.

Recurrent humanitarian crises and disasters, pockets of armed conflict in the Niger Delta and North-East Nigeria continue to disrupt lives and livelihoods of rural Nigerians. Recurrent floods, landslides, sand-storms, locust attacks, and other man-made disasters in addition to a weak economy and insecurity increase people’s vulnerability to external shocks. A fragile security in particular poses a major threat to food security, poverty alleviation and development. Since 2009, the violent insurgency of Boko Haram has left more than 3.3 million Nigerians displaced and 17,000 dead. Building household and community resilience in times of crisis remain critical for preserving development gains and ensuring sustainable long-term growth.

Mercy Corpsresearch paper on Resilience and Conflict in Nigeria gives some insights on contributions to successful programming in Nigeria through the study of household and community resilience. The research objectives were to assess the impact of armed conflict on key household welfare indicators, and to analyse what kind of household and community characteristics are important sources for resilience building.

The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Mercy Corps and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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