A non-governmental organization, Mercy Corps, organized a two-day multi-stakeholder conflict-sensitivity dialogue to check and mate persistent conflicts between farmers and herders.
Speaking at the end of a two-day meeting, Doshima Mavis, Mercy Corps Youth and Conflict Advisor, said the dialogue was being organized through “Feed the Future Nigeria; Rural Resilience Activity Project, aimed at mitigating conflict in North East Nigeria.
She said the participants, made up of farmers, herders, religious and community leaders, held sessions on sensitivity to conflicts and how to chart a way forward to resolve them.
Ms. Mavis added that the project aims to lift people out of chronic vulnerability by improving food security and also improving the economic livelihoods of people in northeastern Nigeria.
She maintained that this is a dialogue that will build trust with different stakeholders to talk about the constraints, causes and triggers of conflict by addressing them to achieve food security and end the persistent conflict among farmers. and breeders.
“Our goal is to achieve social cohesion by developing an action plan that will identify common triggers for conflict resolution and support communities in Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Gombe states,” she said.
The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Dr. Molta Danladi Idris, said the program was appropriate given the rainy season, which is usually associated with conflicts between farmers and herders.