Farmer-herder Conflicts: Search for Common Ground chats Middle-Belt stakeholders

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An international nongovernmental organization, Search for Common Ground has held a two-day dialogue with Central Nigerian stakeholders towards curbing farmer-herder conflicts within the region.

The dialogue in Jos, the capital of Plateau State sought to develop an action plan for “regional interventions” on the conflicts, Mrs. Olutonyin Falade, the Central Nigerian program manager of the NGO said.

Similar interventions had been held in different states, but the “Peace Architecture Dialogue,” Falade said aims to inspire “all-round and holistic approach to dealing with Conflicts and security threats in the Middle-Belt.

The project according to her is part of SFCG’s 24-month “transforming farmer-herder conflicts and promotion freedom of religions and beliefs” project.

Its overall goal, the official said is to prevent violent conflicts between farmer and herders while combating impunity and promoting freedom of religion and belief by increasing collaborations between farmer and herder communities, strengthening implementation of rule of law and promoting conflict sensitive news media reporting.

The workshop on Wednesday and Thursday had representatives of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), religious groups, security agencies and among others, community leaders from Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau States.

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