IOM, others want to end Nigeria’s farmers/herders conflicts

iom, others want to end nigeria's farmersherders conflicts
iom, others want to end nigeria’s farmersherders conflicts

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and Mercy Corps are collaborating on a pilot project titled “Contributing to the Mitigation of Conflict Over Natural Resources Between Farmer and Herder Communities in Adamawa State, Nigeria” (COMITAS).

IOM, its partners, stakeholders, and government officials gathered in Abuja on June 22 for the second high-level project steering committee meeting to present project updates and share lessons learned and conclusions.

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“Environmental issues and climate change contribute to the farmer-herder problem, necessitating ecosystem restoration.”

“The issue necessitates an early warning and early reaction system and the strengthening of social cohesiveness to encourage peaceful cohabitation,” said Prestage Murima, acting chief of mission at IOM Nigeria.

The construction of an Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) system is among the accomplishments of COMITAS.

The EWER system includes the Transhumance Tracking Tool (TTT) information management system, which has been implemented in 35 communities, and peace-building platforms at the community, local government, and state levels in 10 communities in Adamawa State.

The TTT Early Warning tool recorded 287 alarms in May, according to the most recent Transhumance Tracking Tool report (May 2022).

These warnings are comprised of 255 (89%) incidents and 32 (11%) massive/sudden moves.

On average, communities have been able to respond instantly to more than 33 percent of alerts in order to avert the escalation of conflict.

“I’d want to thank all the project’s partners for their contributions. It is linked with the goals and priorities of the Adamawa State Government and the needs of communities affected by the farmer-herder conflict, according to Robert Ahidjo, head of the State Coordination Office for the World Bank and other development partners in Adamawa State.

“The EU wishes to continue promoting peace and stability in Nigeria, building on the success of the COMITAS initiative,” stated Jérôme Rivière, Programme Manager for Peace and Security of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, speaking on behalf of EU Ambassador Samuela Isopi.

The initiative is increasing farmers’ and herders’ collaboration on natural resource management in order to help them overcome the issues they confront as a result of climate change and environmental degradation, which have led to an increase in food insecurity and migration.

This programme contributes favourably to the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

“It is vital to expand the pilot initiative and serve additional areas affected by this catastrophe,” said Dr. Andrew Kwasari, the President’s Senior Special Advisor on Agriculture.

It also contributes to improved inter-communal attitudes by enhancing media outlets’ capacity for conflict-sensitive reporting and the dissemination of messages of peace.

The Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) of the European Union finances this initiative.

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