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GROUP CULTIVATION BY INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS(IDPS) AND IDP RETURNEE WOMEN

We have designed this program to provide support for displaced persons with a special focus on women in North Central Nigeria.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Most of the victims of these farmer/herder clashes are predominantly farmers whom have lived off sales of their produce year in year out. Violent attacks and subsequent displacement in many rural communities in North Central Nigeria has distorted the rural family and household structure. This has resulted in the complete loss of sources of income and livelihood for those affected. The drying of the Lake Chad and consequent reduction in grazing land for herders has led to a huge influx of cattle into the more fertile farm settlements in the North central part of Nigeria. This has led to continuous clash over available grazing and farm lands. Considering that the herders are territorial, there is a constant quest to acquire more grazing lands A large numbers of displaced female headed households (single-mother families) have emerged. Separated or widowed, they are deprived, vulnerable and suffer repetitive forms of violence due to existing socio- cultural norms and practices. The adoption of a sustainable agricultural solution is to guarantee a steady and continuous means of livelihood that will provide stability and some form of protection for these displaced female farmers in their communities. Solution: 1. Create opportunities for an identified group of displaced or returnee farmers (women) to cultivate a specific variety of crop/vegetable preferred by commercial buyers. 2. Train them on improved crop practice to enable them achieve much higher yields. 3. Enable the identified group of farmers access finance, either through direct trade, grants and micro credit schemes to fund this ‘group cultivation’ project. 4. By strengthening the value chain through backward linkages to farmers in order to improve farmer capacity and productivity and also through forward linkages to markets which will improve post-harvest management to include processing, retailing and distribution. We will ensure access to the ever growing produce market in Southern Nigeria

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The focus is on the IDPs located in the North Central part of Nigeria, these Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have been forced by the farmers- herder’s clashes in the Benue valley, had taken refuge in camps and host communities, with majority of them in Benue State, and a comparably smaller proportion in Nasarawa State. Benue State referred to as the food basket of Nigeria, is located in the geographic coordinates of longitude 7° 47 and 10° 0, where we have a number of IDP camps hosting a

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

JAB inclusive systems and Iwuese aim to bring together able bodied women in the major IDP camps in Benue for a pilot project where they will be allocated plots of land to encourage them to get back to what they know how to do best. Seedlings and farm inputs will be provided for the farmers and this will once again keep them engaged. Beyond employing the refugees, the neighbours will easily see value being brought into their environment.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Prostitution, idleness, crime and begging are now the order of the day in majority of these IDP camps, and it is time we change the narratives of these once energetic women and children. In order to have income to sustain their families, prostitution has been on the increase and most of these young girls and women are being taken advantage of. In conjunction with the local authorities, we will provide farm lands where these women can be engaged in small holder groups, provide inputs and access to their farm produce. By engaging these women daily, we will be solving some of the problems highlighted above and provide a source of livelihood for these refugees. From their earnings, they can easily support their children to go to school thereby keeping them off the streets (this will benefit the local environment as well)

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

It is very common when you visit a typical camp in the evening to see a number of visitors from nearby towns that have come to pay for sex and these camps are being labelled sex camps today. The host communities were never used to this huge influx of people talk more of the new trade that has been established within their communities. With our solution, we are confident that these women and young men who will grow up on the farms will be empowered; some dignity and hope will be restored once again. Within the community we will now have a new set of small holder farmers who will contribute to the larger local community through trade and also getting the young men engaged on their farms. Our overall aim is to change the narratives about these women and get them off prostitution by empowering them and while hoping that their impact will be

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

JAB inclusive systems has a sister NGO(Pad Their Feet Initiative) which has been involved in distribution of shoes to poor and vulnerable children in various IDP camps in North central and North-Eastern Nigeria. Over the past 5 years, we have experienced first-hand how the displaced people have toiled to make a living for themselves without much success. Giving out shoes will put smiles back on their faces for a day but will not put food in their stomachs, consequently, we thought of looking for a sustainable way of engaging the family and our focus has been on the most vulnerable young girls and women in these camps. The importance of this group cultivation is to empower the women and give them that dignity which they have lost due to relocation and exposure to the hazards of becoming commercial sex workers. We must restore the dignity of womanhood.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Daudu located in Guma local Government area of Benue states is home to the Tiv speaking people who are predominantly farmers. Currently, there are three IDP camps in Daudu.The local Government is endowed with large expanse of fertile land both in the hinterland and along the river valleys in the area. They cultivate seasonal foods such as yam, maize, millet, cassava, soybeans, melon etc. Considering that these refugees left their original farming communities and have remained idle since relocation, it is best to find a sustainable way to engage them into these new communities where they find themselves. We have identified lands along Agan, Abinsi and other communities where holder farmsteads can be organized for some of these women. Once the soil is tilled, the women will be provided with the required seedlings. Women will be the focus of this project as they constitute a greater percentage of the population in these IDP camps and considering the fact that women are best at managing an

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

We will aggregate the women to farm cooperatively in a number of locations that are large enough to lower unit cost and improve profits. Distribution of seeds and other inputs on site to the group becomes straight forward and efficient. It also makes mechanization and other improved crop farming practices cost effective. Because it is one particular crop that is cultivated per location, all the farmers in the group can pool their resources together to achieve economies of scale. Monitoring and compliance will also be enhanced.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Jacqueline Jumah (National Project Coordinator) Arome Sule (Team Lead) Diran Oloyede (Head of Program) He will oversee capacity building and ensure that resources are distributed accordingly Ritdimwa Doofan Orga (Iwuese Multipurpose Cooperative) oversees the operation of the farm centres and coordination of activities Sam Adzuu (Team member, Iwuese Multipurpose Cooperatives in Benue state) Sourcing for markets for farm produce and will support Ritdimwa Rahma Monguno (Team Lead North East IDP Camps) Sornie Adaji (Team member Pad Their Feet)He identifies the most vulnerable children within IDP camps for our shoes Above is the team that will implement the ideas, however there will be other support staff who will be localized around Guma and environs for the purpose of effective coordination.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

JAB INCLUSIVE SYSTEMS LIMITED

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

JAB Inclusive systems is a combination of young professionals with passion for their local environment.We came together with the hope that we can give back to the society through our community efforts.Over the years,we have been involved in various social empowerment projects in the IDP camps and very rural areas in Nigeria.This new project will help us achieve one of our cardinal aims of empowering women in the IDP camps thereby improving their livelihoods.We feel we are the right group to solve thsi problem because our partner(IWUESE)has been involved in various cooperative projects around the North central and lately working with the women and children in various refugee camps. Having schooled in Benue and Borno,we have seen the once beautiful settlements now turn into refugee camps and hitherto happy people now desperate due to the current situation they find themselves.For us,there couldn't have been a better opportunity to give back than this.

Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

NIGERIA

Organization Headquarters: City / State

LAGOS

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