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Food Security: Experts harp on improved farmer/header relationship

Under the EU-funded Fuel Wood Balance Project, Oxfam Nigeria is working with farmers in Katsina state to improve the resilience of livelihoods of rural households in benefiting local government areas. Photo: EU in Nigeria/Twitter

Stakeholders in agriculture and environment, from government, NGOs, and grassroots want sustained improvement in food security and peaceful coexistence amongst farmers and headers in Katsina state. 

Representatives from federal, state and local governments as well as from Oxfam and the International Centre for Energy Environment and Development stated this at a gathering in Katsina state.

A representative from the Federal Ministry of Budget and National, Mr. Chamberlain Okoro said energizing access to sustainable energy of the Katsina state Fuel Wood Balance project was in line with the federal government’s objectives of Economic Recovery Growth Plans. 

While representative of the Speaker of the Katsina state House of Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Nuhu promised to enactment laws to safeguard forest reserves in the state.

Issues bordering on the achievements of the project were discussed and also the way forward towards sustaining and replicating the components of the Katsina fuel wood balance project sponsored by the European Union. 

In separate remarks, Mr. Constant China of Oxfam Nigeria and Folake Salawo of ICEED both said some rural communities have been empowered and peaceful coexistence have been enhanced between headers and farmings communities in 7 local government areas in Katsina state.  

They called on the benefiting communities, the local and state government to put adequate measures in place towards sustainability and replication of all components of the Katsina FUWOBA project. 

ICEED, at the event, presented office equipment to the Katsina state department of Forestry.

Muhammad Awwal

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