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The World Bank, through the National FADAMA III project, has earmarked $50 million towards to support persons in the North East, who have lost their means of livelihood due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
This was disclosed by the national coordinator of the FADAMA III project, Tayo Adewummi when members of the Agricultural Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN) paid him a courtesy call at the FADAMA office in Abuja on Thursday.
According to Adewummi explained the North East emergency project in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi Taraba and Gombe is designed to bring life to the hopeless in the areas that have been destroyed by the insurgents.
He said” Beneficiaries will assess the benefit through the Community Action Plan (CAP) which is a document put together by the community themselves, with the aim of identifying them, geo reference them, what do they want, what kind of support do they need? They will put all of that in the community action plan and that is the document that is eligible for funding.
The Fadama Cordinator said “the support given them will be 100% because you cannot ask someone who has lost everything to contribute. That is already on going now for finding by January ,” he said
He further disclosed that the emergency intervention will also target women tagged ‘women headed families ‘ who have lost their husbands as a result of the insurgency
“We will be giving the women some stipends to sustain herself while she goes to the farm .
Some of the women will be supported in the area of processing, some will benefit from backyard farming in crops with short gestation period like vegetables, some grinding machines and others in livestock rearing depending on their need.
The FADAMA III Project Coordinator however explained that the amount to be disbursed by the world Bank in January was not certain until the community action plan is completed at the community level.
He further hinted that FADAMA is also partnering with the World Food Programme, WFP on another programme called the ‘cash for work’ as a way of providing some of the affected persons a means of livelihood through agriculture.
“The Red cross and CSOs are already working with our team at the community level to identify them in groups, we want to ensure that these are people who will continue to remain in those areas we are rehabilitating “, he said
According to him, Borno which is the worst hit state will receive the largest share of the total money in line with the World Bank’s 5 point scale of allocating the funds Yobe 4, Adamawa 3 while Bauchi ,Taraba and Gombe gets 2 respectively.
“The North East initiative started this year and is to get up to 2019. But let me say this, we do not want it to get to 2019 . what we have agreed with the World Bank is to massively support these people in the next 12 to 15 months because it is an emergency project and we must support when the emergency is there”, he explained.