The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Adamawa state government and the government of Japan have flagged off the distribution of agricultural inputs and solar lanterns in Loko, a village once hit by Boko Haram in Song Local government area in Adamawa State
The agricultural inputs distribution exercise is targeted at 9,000 households across the north-east region who will receive seeds, sprayers, fertiliser and farming tools for use during this year’s farming season. During the flag off ceremony, solar lanterns donated by Panasonic, a Japanese company, were also distributed.
This intervention is part of ongoing efforts by UNDP to support victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the three most affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The revolt has so far claimed more than 20,000 lives and caused heavy damage to property and crucial infrastructure. Around two million people were displaced across the region into neighbouring countries.
The UNDP is implementing a number of interventions in the north-east through close collaboration with state authorities and funding support from partners including the government of Japan.
In 2018, Japan is providing US$2.5mn which will facilitate implementation of initiatives to support 2,200 farmers and 500 small businesses. The investment will also facilitate the rehabilitation of five community infrastructures and an estimated 850 locals will be provided with emergency employment opportunities.
Betty Wabunoha, UNDP deputy country director of operations has reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to support rebuilding efforts and livelihoods support to stimulate early recovery and lay a solid foundation for development to take place again in the region.