FAO gives tools, others to refugees

By Juliana Agbthe, Abuja

To improve access to nutritious food and revive the livelihoods of Cameroonian refugees and their host communities in Nigeria, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) distributed agricultural tools to 1,000 families in seven areas of local government in Cross River State .

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The intervention was carried out under the joint project “Agriculture and livelihoods for refugees and host communities in Cameroon in the states of Cross River, Benue and Taraba”.

Implemented by FAO in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as part of the & # 39; Delivery as One & # 39; (DaO) adopted by the United Nations system in Nigeria, the project is also facilitated by the governments of river basin states. .

The intervention targets seven local governments in Cross River. They are Oguma, Ikom, Obanliku, Boki, Etung, Akamkpa and Calabar.

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In Benue, the Ikyogen settlement was targeted, where the state government resettled refugees.

FAO's national representative in Nigeria, Suffyan Koroma, said the items are carefully selected to alleviate the challenges of refugees' livelihoods, especially "the most vulnerable women".

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He said that micro-gardens would support families' food and nutritional needs and increase the resilience of the population affected by threats and crises.

Target beneficiaries were trained in backyard gardening, agriculture and nutrition-sensitive food systems, agricultural value chain and market access and gender integration and protection in agriculture and livelihoods.

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