FAO Moves to Reduce Tension between Crop Farmers, Pastoralists

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), an agency of the UN, says it is taking measures to reduce tension between farmers and pastoralists in the country.

The Country Representative of FAO in Nigeria, Dr Louise Setshwaelo, made this known at a workshop on ``Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure’’ on Monday in Abuja.

She said the organisation was finalising plans with Bayero University, Kano to conduct a study with the aim of reducing the crisis that had led to the destruction of lives and property over the years.

“FAO supported the piloting of technology of systematic titling of land, currently in collaboration. DFID is exploring the use of open- source software to record and develop a reliable inventory of land rights.

“We are also finalising an agreement with the Bayero University to conduct a study on stock rout in Northern Nigeria, with the aim to reduce tensions between pastoralists and crop farmers.

“I hasten to indicate that in this regard, a lot remains to be done to diffuse land disputes and tension,’’ she said.

Setshwaelo said governance of tenure was the priority of the FAO, saying that it was being mainstreamed in all relevant works of the organisation.