Nigeria, Agriculture and livelihood security

Food and livelihood security in Nigeria

Number: 162.1030

The supply situation in north-eastern Nigeria is precarious. The very survival of many people is threatened. In addition to poor economic conditions and environmental problems, the terrorist acts perpetrated by the jihadist Boko Haram militia are exacerbating the situation in the north-east of the country. But the survival of many people in other parts of the country is also threatened, and this is often a factor that drives conflicts. Mission 21's partner organisations are attempting to alleviate these challenging living conditions. To achieve this, they transfer knowledge to the local population on subjects such as sustainable agriculture and environmental protection; in addition, they organise ongoing training courses to promote earning capacity. In these ways, the people are empowered to secure their livelihood on a long-term, sustainable and independent basis.

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Activities

• Ongoing training courses to promote earning capacity, on subjects such as tailoring and dressmaking, carpentry, metalwork and upholstery, as well as computer training and courses on business basics

• Assistance for small entrepreneurs to set up businesses by providing start-up capital or work equipment

• Support for setting up vocation-based self-help groups

• Training multipliers for sustainable agriculture and environmental protection

• Training small farmers in agroecological farming techniques and providing support with their implementation

• Setting up tree nurseries for training purposes and as a resource for widespread planting measures to combat deteriorating environmental conditions

• Campaigns to promote public awareness of the environment and environmental protection

• Training courses on how to build and use resource-saving cooking stoves

• Producing re-usable shopping bags from recycled materials