Farmers and Herders in Southwest Nigeria Sign Peace Pact to End Clashes and Boost Food Security

Farmers and herders in Southwest Nigeria sign historic peace pact to end clashes, boost food security, and identify genuine stakeholders, marking a significant step towards unity and progress in the region.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Farmers and Herders in Southwest Nigeria Sign Peace Pact to End Clashes and Boost Food Security

Farmers and Herders in Southwest Nigeria Sign Peace Pact to End Clashes and Boost Food Security

Farmers and herders in Southwest Nigeria have signed a historic peace pact at a summit in Ibadan to end clashes, promote food security, and collaborate to identify genuine herders and kidnappers in the region. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and the Southwest Commodity Farmers Organization signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together for the unity of farmers and the progress of agriculture.

The agreement aims to resolve conflicts amicably, identify real herdsmen and farmers, and connect them better to increase agricultural production and contribute to food security. "The memorandum of understanding symbolizes an agreement between the herders and Southwest to work in unity to improve food production and sustainability within the Southwest region and Nigeria," said Segun Dasaolu, Coordinator of the Southwest Commodity Farmers Organization.

Why this matters: The peace pact marks a significant step towards ending the longstanding conflicts between farmers and herders in Southwest Nigeria. By fostering collaboration and identifying genuine stakeholders, the agreement is expected to boost agricultural productivity and enhance food security in the region.

The summit was seen as a wake-up call for farmers in the southwest states to find long-term solutions to their challenges. Othman Ngelzarma, the National Chairman of Miyetti Allah, acknowledged the event as an opportunity to chart a way forward on ensuring the security of both farmers and herders in the region. He stressed that farmers and herders in the Southwest are now united as brothers and must collaborate to address any problematic elements within the pastoralist community.

The Southwest Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security advocated for the continued deployment of technological solutions in agriculture to support farmers and enhance food production. Notable attendees at the summit included former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja and Iyaloja General Folashade Tinubu Ojo, who witnessed the signing of the peace accord.

The peace pact is expected to bolster farmers' confidence to return to their farms, ultimately increasing agricultural productivity and aligning with the vision of President-elect Bola Tinubu. The agreement commits both sides to identify genuine herders and farmers and develop long-term solutions to the issues they face in the region. The first step is to identify the genuine herders and farmers in the Southwest and connect them better, which is expected to help solve the food crisis by making farmers feel secure enough to return to their farms.

Key Takeaways

  • Farmers and herders in Southwest Nigeria signed a peace pact to end clashes.
  • The pact aims to resolve conflicts, identify genuine herders/farmers, and boost food security.
  • The agreement marks a significant step towards ending long-standing farmer-herder conflicts.
  • The pact is expected to bolster farmers' confidence to return to farms, increasing productivity.
  • The first step is to identify genuine herders and farmers to help solve the food crisis.