FEED THE FUTURE
The Feed the Future project was a 5-year livelihoods Project implemented in rural communities in Northern Nigeria – Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). A multi-sectoral approach was used in the project to help 52,000 very poor households (HHs) to grow their agriculture production, incomes and to achieve improved nutrition.
The Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project was rooted in agricultural-led growth. For HHs to prosper, they must balance agriculture for personal consumption and income generation through market engagement. The Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project improved agricultural practices, including post-harvest storage for nutrient rich crops/livestock already being produced; and promoted a market-oriented approach to diversifying production. This was accomplished by adapting agricultural activities to specific agro-ecological and cultural contexts. The Project helped vulnerable families to diversify their income and implement strong and comprehensive nutrition activities in their communities, by which most vulnerable families were graduated into the Prosperity pathway. The cash transfers distributed, helped in meeting the nutritional needs, recover assets and overcome barriers to income-generating activities. The project also strengthened the institutional capacity of government systems to implement poverty reduction programs and reinforced mutual accountability between government and citizens.
Specifically, the key achievement of this project were:
- Centre LSD Supported 8 caseworkers, 64 liaison supervisors and 281liaisons through training and mentoring to deliver services and key messages on nutrition and hygiene to twelve thousand households.
- Centre LSD collaborated with community agricultural field agents and trained 281 Liaisons on livestock management including housing, breed identification, fattening and common health challenges.
- Capacity of 345 liaison built on homestead gardening. This enabled the liaisons to mentor households through demonstration plots of vegetables in their respective villages. Sequel to this, 2168 households established home garden. This translated to increased households’ nutrition and dietary diversity scores.
- Successful cash transfer cycle of 15 months for 1240 benefiting Households in 2 LGAs and 8 cluster communities (The classification is based on payment mode which is either monthly 5000 Naira payment or Lump-sum 15000 Naira payment). A total of 305 treatment household benefited from the monthly payment while 326 control monthly household benefited from the control villages from the lump sum analysis. A total of 294 treatment household benefited from the lump sum payment while 315 household were engaged from the control villages.
- In both LGAs, a total of 279 new businesses were started with Cash transfer while 348 businesses were improved with cash transfer. From the analysis Danko wasagu beneficiaries had 228 new businesses and 132 improved businesses, while Birnin kebbi had 51 new businesses and 132 improved businesses with Cash transfers.
- During the 3-year engagement process, Centre LSD through the community agents reached out to 3,047 Class B Household (Year one Households and 5825 Households Class C (year two households).
- A total of 122410 beneficiaries were trained on child health and nutrition, including 5099 caregivers who were reached through households and caregiver group sessions. Also, a total of 23524 children under 5 were reached with nutrition and health services particularly malnutrition screening and referrals.
COMMUNITY LED COLLECTIVE ACTION FOR GIRLS EDUCATION (C-CAGE)
The Community Led Collective Action for Girls Education (C-CAGE) project is conceptualized to address the root causes of barriers to girl child enrolment and retention in public primary and secondary schools in Numan, Song and Maiha Local Government Areas of Adamawa State, Nigeria.
The Centre under this project built the capacity of 150 education stakeholders through training on leadership, Advocacy and the understanding of community development through girl education. Stakeholders afterwards, stepped down the training to community members and leaders. Maiha stakeholders raised the sum of two hundred and fifty thousand Naira, to organize a town hall meeting and the step-down training. Many residents keyed into it and took up the challenge to send their daughters back to school. A total of 104 girls were enrolled back to school. Out of which were, 4 girls who got pregnant and were accepted back to school. Prior to the training most community leaders felt the education of boys was of more value compared to that of the girl child. After several interactions, training meetings and advocacies.
The Centre created 7 safe spaces called in local dialect Masu Son Ilimi (Advocate/Lovers of Education). The 254 girls in the safe space are taught English, Mathematics and how to advocate for their right to education.
ACHIEVING A HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NIGER DELTA
The project – Achieving a healthy and sustainable environment in the Niger Delta is part of effort to restoring the social contract in the Niger Delta and particularly focused on the clean-up of Ogoni land and the Niger Delta region. The lobby and advocacy project engaged and consistently championed campaign for the clean-up of Ogoni land and the Niger Delta. The engagement has yielded some fruits including;
- The birthing of Journalist Against the Delay of Ogoni Clean-Up (JADOC). The body stepped up the discourse on the clean-up through writing of feature articles, documentary, radio commentaries and media advocacy – engaging top media organizations and executives in Abuja. JADOC has a life of its own.
- Centre LSD collaboration with the National Oil Spill Detection and Regulatory Agency (NOSDRA) triggered a mutual push and support for the amendment of the NOSDRA Act which had been with the National Assembly -The Centre developed a position paper which was presented at the public hearing on the Act.
- Centre LSD created a platform for interaction and harmonization of the Strategic Partners (SP) position on the ESHRIA-which was presented at the House Committee on Environment and Habitat public hearing on the review of the 1992 EIA Act in 2018.
- Centre LSD in collaboration with CISLAC instituted an annual discourse on the clean-up of Ogoni land code named “National summit on Ogoni clean up” where they have consistently put the issues on the front burner for the Federal government.
- Various communities and traditional rulers in Ogoni land have identified and see Centre LSD as a trusted ally in the struggle for the Clean-Up of Ogoni land. One of the Community leaders from Ogoni said – “If not for Centre LSD. HYPREP would not have come or remembered my community. Work is going on now in my community”
- Stakeholders including government and its agencies, oil companies and even the communities have been influenced to take their roles forward through Centre LSD quarterly press briefing in accordance with the UNEP report.
- The Honourable Minister for Environment alongside the Permanent Secretary, Director and top management of the Ministry addressed participants at the rally for the first time throughout the four years the Centre alongside other SP partners have engaged the Ministry on the Clean-up issue. The Centre LSD organized rally/road show on the clean-up of Ogoni land brought the change of narrative about.
- HYPREP Project Coordinator who has never attended any CSO organized event outside the one organized by HYPREP, for the first time attended Centre LSD High level Policy Dialogue held in November 2019, where he committed to taking CSOs on a site visit to impacted site where remediation work is on-going for confirmation. The lived up to the commitment.