Abuja - Stakeholders have converged in Sokoto
State to explore measures to address the menace of degradation and
desertification in the Sahel region.
The initiative is line with the Great Green Wall for the
Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GSSI).
The seminar held in Sokoto City under the auspices of the
Assessment Workshop on Action against Desertification (AAD) was ongoing at the
time of publication under the Great Green Wall project in collaboration with
the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Saminu Ado, Head, Afforestation Programme Coordinating Unit
(APCU) Kano, said as a framework of action for rural development, the Great
Green Wall programme was important to rural families.
He said it was designed to improve the sustainability,
integration and adaptability of dryland agricultural practices to enhance crop
production, livestock and fisheries, promote commercialization and marketing of
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The programme aims to enhance accessibility of farmers,
pastoralists and other land users to agricultural inputs, increase security and
accessibility to basic resources by affected people especially women among
He said the National Agency on the Great Green Wall (NAGGW)
approach to the rural development, included provision of opportunities to the
grass roots to participate fully in the development programmes and involving
the beneficiaries in the development process.
Ado stressed the agency valued sharing and exchange of
research based knowledge, local knowledge, values and practice, and mechanism
for exchange of and dissemination of technologies information.
Rabe Mani, Assistant FAO representative, said FAO's approach
to overcome hunger and poverty, ensured sustainable management of resources,
building resilience of local communities and landscapes.
“Urgent and global action is needed,” said Man.
The AAD intervention is been implemented in Nigeria to cover
two main very populated basins: the Sokoto basin with one site in
Basanta/Tangaza community in Sokoto and the chad basin in Jeke community of
Jigawa and Maluri community in Bauchi.
The implementation of the GGWSSI in Nigeria is the country's
responsibility and will be led and own by the country.
- CAJ News