US donates 160 metric tonnes of seeds to IDPs in Borno, Adamawa

THE United States  government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID),  has 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 (IDPs) in the local government authorities of Madagali, Michika, Gombe, and Fufore of Adamawa  and Kaga of Borno State, benefited from the effort, according to an information obtained by the Nigerian Tribune, on Thursday.

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 occurred ahead of 2016  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 plays an active role in helping the North East to realise its full potential.

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

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