How Boko Haram feeds members from farmer’s Harvests
To the Nigerian government, Boko Haram has been technically defeated. But to the farmers and international humanitarian agencies, the reverse is the case , as you may find out here:
The Islamist militants group, Boko Haram’s bloody insurgency, which has prevented farmers from planting or harvesting crops for years in the northeast zone of Nigeria has taken a more dangerous dimension.
The region where more than 5 million people now need food aid, has been turned into a war theatre as the insurgents lay seige on farmers after they have nutured their plantations to a point of harvests when they force them out only to take over the farm produce to feed their members .
They were said to have through this method waylaid and massacred many , who dare resist them, as they are forced to leave their crops unharvested for the terrorists.
One of the farmers tod Reuters that the insurgents would at times allow them.plant their crops and trndernitbitbto.maturity before descending heavily on the farmers , only to harvest the crops and damage the ones they do not need
Both the Red Cross and United Natuons food aid agencies have complained of donor-fatique.
“Investing in agricultural assistance today will provide food for tomorrow, and can ensure people have a source of food even when they are cut off from other forms of aid,” said Nourou Macki Tall of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The delivery of fertiliser and cereal, pulse and vegetable seeds targets those who can access land yet have been hit hardest by the conflict, such as the internally displaced, refugees and host communities, Tall said in a statement.
They will also receive food rations from the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure the seeds are planted ahead of the imminent rainy season, and not eaten instead, the FAO said.
“Eighty percent of the people in the area are farmers, and need support to return to their farms,” said Alhaji Maina Gana, chairman of the Fune local government area in Yobe state.
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Boko Haram’s campaign to create an Islamic state is in its eighth year with little sign of ending. It has claimed more than 20,000 lives and uprooted 2.7 million people in the northeast.
A U.N. official said this month the WFP had scaled back aid due to a lack of funds, and was now aiming to supply food to 1.4 million people instead of the 1.8 million intended.
At least half of government food aid sent northeast for people driven from their homes by Boko Haram has been “diverted” and never reached them, a state official said on Sunday.
Nigeria’s humanitarian response plan for 2017 has received less than a third of a requested $1.05 billion to date, the U.N.’s Financial Tracking Service shows.