US donates 160 metric tonnes of seeds to IDPs

Hajia Aisha Abubakar

THE United States (US) government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered over 160 metric tonnes of seeds (maize, sorghum, millet, groundnut, and cowpea) to over 6,000 households in Adamawa and Borno states in June.

More than 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) in the local government authorities of Madagali, Michika, Gombe, and Fufore of Adamawa, and Kaga of Borno benefited from this effort, according to information obtained by Abuja Xtra.

It was gathered that the USAID collaborated with the Adamawa State Ministry of Agriculture, the American University of Nigeria’s Adamawa Peace Initiative, and the Borno State government to ensure the distribution ahead of this year’s planting season.

“These distribution efforts are literally sowing the seeds for recovery and resilience of IDPs,” said Michael Harvey, who is USAID/Nigeria Mission Director.

He noted that by working with the Nigerian government and other partners, USAID played an active role in helping the Northeast realize its full potential.

USAID supports several humanitarian, transitional, and longer-term development activities in Northeastern Nigeria, totalling $133 million in collaboration with the Nigerian government at the federal, state, and local levels.

Current and forthcoming activities target to improve governmental capacity and performance, strengthen food security and provide services for IDPs.