Nigeria, particularly the Middle Belt, is experiencing massive displacement and deaths among the indigenous farming communities at the hands of the Fulani herdsmen. These farmers are responsible for the food we eat. They are forced to seek temporary shelter in inappropriately resourced and insecure camps.
Tragically, there is a link between injustice, youth, inequality, poverty and displacement. The reality is that the state emergency management agency in Plateau State is overwhelmed. The relief from a few churches and organisations (NGOs and INGOs) is incapable of meeting the food and livelihood needs of the displaced farming families.
Need for food
Relief alone cannot be a sustainable solution to these families’ humanitarian needs. The majority of IDPs have identified food as their most pressing need. They have limited food access because their stocks were looted and there is little possibility to replenish farm stocks. The production of staple foods and cash crops is below average in Plateau State.
Prices remain extremely high around the country and are expected to continue increasing because of the current inflation and recession – not least because the farmers being displaced are responsible for the food grown within Nigeria. Food assistance has been inadequate and irregular, as the victims are largely young men and women, who are the taskforce.