French Embassy organises Seminar to address farmers/herders conflicts

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THE French Embassy in Nigeria is organising a seminar on pastoralism in Nigeria, to explore and proffer solutions to recurring conflicts between pastoralists and farmers.

The embassy made this known in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Tuesday.

It indicated that the event coming up on Sept. 18, at Alliance Française Kaduna, is being organised in collaboration with the Pastoral Reserve (PARE).

“The subject of pastoralism and agriculture is without question a sensitive and important one in Nigeria today.

“ In order to identify the root causes and solve problems raised by the clash of these two important economic activities, it becomes necessary to understand the way each one works within the society.’’

It added that the seminar will comprise a lecture to be delivered by Dr. Adam Higazi, a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Amsterdam, to be followed by a discussion session.

“A knowledge gap in the study of pastoralism in Nigeria has already been identified, thus the aim of the lecture is to explore the knowledge that is currently available on the subject, specifically in the areas of ethnography, Scientific, and policy.

It said that the lecture will also focus on the varieties of Fulani pastoralism and unveil recent research findings from fieldwork carried out within nomadic and semi-nomadic Fulani communities in different states of central and northern Nigeria in August and September 2018.

“The seminar that will follow aims to build on the lecture and encourage discussion on the ways that the knowledge base can be grown and updated in the three areas mentioned above.

“This will in turn help to improve policy making targeted at pastoralism.

“An output will then be put forward following the event either in the form of a policy paper or a summary with recommendations.’’(NAN)

– Sept. 12, 2018 @ 10:15 GMT |

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