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Nigeria | Better yields for FAO-supported farmers

Nigeria | Better yields for FAO-supported farmers
Mar 2020

Northeastern Nigeria has faced significant instability for over a decade due to an armed insurgency. More than 1.8 million people remain displaced by the crisis across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the worst-affected states. About the same number of people have returned to their villages of origin with little or no productive resources, including the seed and fertilizer required to produce food and generate income, causing severe levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.

It is within this framework, as well as low availability of improved varieties of crop seed and the breakdown of seed systems in the region, that FAO began distributions of important cereal, vegetable, pulse and legume seeds central for food security. Since the programme began in 2016, over 400 000 households (close to 4 million people) were reached with crop seed and fertilizer, of whom 98 400 during the 2019 rainy season intervention. Thanks to the assistance provided, across crop types and on per hectare basis, FAO-supported farmers harvested significantly more crop than farmers using locally available and unimproved crop varieties of all crops surveyed.