Gender and Sustainable Agriculture in Borno State: Exploring evidence for inclusive programmes and policies for Food Security - October 2018

Post date Thursday, 7 March, 2019 - 18:53
Document Type Report
Content Themes Gender, Agriculture, Food Security
Sources FAO, United Nations, WFP

The interplay between patriarchal and cultural fac-tors and socio-political and economic weaknesses have exacerbated the plight of women and girls, whose struggle for survival has seen them being sexually exploited and abused; many have had to resort to survival sex. Communication from reliable quarters indicates that between January and April 2018, about 300 cases of rape were reported among internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Some IDPs are beginning to return to their commu-nities of origin, where they often encounter chaos and have few prospects if unassisted. Against this background, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UN Women, and the World Food Programme (WFP) are embarking on a three-year joint project: Restoring and Promoting Sustainable Agriculture-based Livelihoods for Food Security, Employment, and Nutrition Improvement in Borno State, which will seek to build the resil-ience of conflict-affected people and public-sector institutions in Borno State.

The gender analysis undertaken by the team for this Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood Improve-ment Project in Borno State will provide evidence on the gender issues in the area, with a view to ensuring that the needs of women, men, boys, and girls are met and that an inclusive approach is adopted for the planning and implementation of the project.

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