Abuja, Nigeria (PRWEB)
June 29, 2017
A Mercy Corps program aiming to reduce violence between pastoralists and farmers in Nigeria’s Middle Belt shows that building conflict-management skills among community leaders and providing collaboration opportunities to solve common challenges improve trust and security.
“Conflict in the Middle Belt has devastated local communities and hampered economic growth for decades,” says Iveta Ouvry, Nigeria Country Director for Mercy Corps. “With the right tools and skills, communities are effectively mediating disputes, working collaboratively and moving freely to access resources without fear of violence.”
By the end of the program, funded by the UK Department of International Development:
In one Kaduna community, leaders negotiated an agreement for a cattle route to avoid commonly occurring conflicts when cattle destroy farmers’ crops. In Plateau state, Mercy Corps brought together farmers, young…