TOPSHOT - Young girls fleeing from Boko Haram Islamists walk past burnt house and carries belongings at Mairi village outskirts of Maiduguri capital of northeast Borno State, on February 6, 2016. Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have killed four people following raids on villages in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, a local official and residents said on February 6. The motorcycle-riding Islamists late Friday raided two villages, Mairi and Malari setting homes ablaze, and killing three women and a man in the village. The raids came barely a week after the attack on the village of Dalori, just outside Maiduguri, capital of the restive state, which left at least 85 people dead. / AFP / STRINGER

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), an organ of the United Nations has raised the alarm of impending food insecurity in Nigeria’s Northeast region, saying insurgency has denied 65,800 farmers access to agricultural inputs in the area.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 2021 rainy season farming interventions at the Farm Centre, Maiduguri, on Thursday, the Country Representative of FAO in Nigeria, Fred Kafeero, regretted that inaccessibility to improved seeds and fertilizers, resulted in food insecurity and poverty among the populace.

He said that the launch was the sixth rainy season farming intervention being conducted by FAO in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states since 2016.

Kafeero said supporting rainy season farming was key to the entire insurgency affected region, adding that farmers’ harvests contributed significantly to food security and income generation throughout the year.

“Access to agricultural inputs for high yields also saves lives and livelihoods of farmers,” he added.

According to him, the distribution of seeds and fertilizers has contributed to the building of people’s resilience to conflict.

He said this year, 65,800 household farmers were supported with agricultural inputs and livestock restocking for fattening, while 40,000 farmers were targeted for the distribution of inputs.

“The latest CH analysis results projected that over four million people will be in need of food assistance between June and August, 2021,” he said, warning that there would be an increase of 19 per cent in food requirements.

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Hussaini, said the state had been devastated by insurgency, adding that 70 per cent of farmers were affected with the destruction of their means of livelihoods, Punch reported.