Nigeria: UN agency supports Nigerian farmers (Trust)

| August 15, 2016

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, is supporting Nigerian farmers to increase food security, after four years of Boko Haram disruption of fishing, farming, cattle breeding, and trade routes in northern Nigeria.

Government forces have provided some stability in the region over the past year, allowing aid agencies to reach more than seven million people.

Dominique Burgeon is the director of FAO’s emergency and rehabilitation division. He says it is important to provide support to farmers so they can ensure their own food security.

FAO has already distributed seeds to more than 120,000 farmers who will harvest in September. But the agency now wants to reach nearly 400,000 farmers who can grow crops during the dry season on irrigated land.

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Credit: AgroNigeria Online