The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTs) in Abuja on Thursday supported 300 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kuje and Durumi camps with agricultural inputs to empower them to improve their livelihoods.
The support is in collaboration by NANTs, Economic Community of West African States and the Spainish International Development Agency.
Ken Ukaoha, the National President of NANTs, said research showed that 90 per cent of the people in IDPs camps were traditionally farmers before they were displaced from their communities.
“This project is expected to improve the livelihoods of the IDPs, empower them with the capacity to create jobs, improve food and nutrition security, and reduce the dependence of the IDPs households on government and other philanthropic organisarion.
“It will increase food production and income generation, improve collaboration and co-existence with host community, promote gradual exit from IDP status.
“The project seeks to build their capacity beyond what they originally knew of farming by providing trainings on improved technology that will result in improved productivity,’’ he said.
Ukaoha said the association would link the beneficiaries to off-takers who would buy off their produce after harvest.
“Together we shall sustain this nation and revive agriculture as a means of the nation’s economic recovery,’’ Ukaoha said.
Ruth Agbo, the Women Leader of the association, said the project was another landmark approach towards ensuring that food security was taken to the next level in terms of sustainability.
Agbo said that it would also bring succour to the vulnerable and less privileged.
Marcelino Cabanos, the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, said Spain had committed recourses to improve food security and support 300 people in agriculture in the camps.
Cabanos said that the country supported the project with finance to purchase seeds and farm tools.
The beneficiaries received improved seedlings, hoes and fertilisers at the event.