FAO expresses continued commitment to Nigeria’s food sustainability

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By Bode Olushegun

The Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations has expressed its continued commitment to Nigeria’s food sustenance.

The Organization promised that it would continue to adopt the Cadre Harmonisé (CH) tool for analysing the food and nutrition vulnerability situation in the country.

The CH tool, according to UN Organisation, was part of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional framework for consensual analysis of acute food insecurity situations in 16 northern states.

Speaking at the State Level Cadre Harmonise Analysis for Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe in Maidugari at the weekend, the Acting FAO representative in Nigeria, Al-Hassan Cisse, said the CH tool analysis, aimed to strengthen food security information and analysis across West Africa, including Nigeria, affected by decade-long conflict in Northeast.

He said this led FAO and Government of Nigeria and other key partners, including Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), to have adopted CH tool analysis in 2015.

“We’ve been conducting the CH tool analysis twice a year,” Cisse said, adding that the outcome of analysis provided early warning information that triggered actions for governments, humanitarian actors and development partners.”

He added that the tripartite actions led to reducing food insecurity and malnutrition vulnerability.

“The CH process began with eight frontline states in 2015. The coverage also extended to 16 Northern states, comprising the middle belt and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 2017,” Cisse said.

Cisse futher stated that FCT, Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Borno, Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Benue and Plateau states were also included into tool analysis on food insecurity.

He disclosed that the results of CH analysis was now the benchmark for the UN Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) for the northeast, especially the insurgency affected state of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

According to him, “We’ve built the capacity of the relevant officials of the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) at national and sub-national levels to undertake the analysis with little or no external guidance.

“FAO operationalizes the CH by utilizing the vulnerability mapping of the CH to target the most vulnerable in its interventions.”

He added that the process had built capacity of the experts of MDAs at national and sub-national levels, and the MDAs were therefore to undertake the analysis with little or no external guidance.

He said that the next CH analysis was slated for March 2020 in Abuja.

 

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