Kare Hi-Tech Engineering Limited

Recovery and Livelihood Program in the Lake Chad Basin

Agriculture

This is a recovery and livelihood program for the people within the Lake Chad Basin who are suffering from extreme poverty and Boko Haram Insurgency

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Kare Hi-Tech Engineering Limited

Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria

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Project Summary

The Lake Chad which is a large natural water reservoir providing source of livelihood to over 30 million people gradually started to shrink due to climatic change resulting on several millions of people loosing their source of livelihood, and several communities that are known to exist in the 1960's to have migrated, those who remain suffered government neglect and lack of basic amenities leading to frustration.The frustrated communities became susceptible and the breading ground for Islamic Fundamentalist (Boko Haram). The Boko Haram insurgency resulted into total destruction and devastation of the few communities causing the death of over 50,000 people and displacing over 25 million in 5 years with about 7 million people presently in need.The recovery and livelihood program is to create source livelihood for 27,000 IDPs on irrigation and promote economic and employment opportunities to 268,698 people around the project and wealth generation for the communities

Problem Statement

The North Eastern Nigeria which was the food basket of the nation producing over 45% of Nigeria's cash crops with about 75% of the total labour force employed and agriculture contributing 60% of the country Gross Domestic Products. Unfortunately military intervention in governance and the oil boom in 1970's redirected the focus of the economy and deprived the region of the investment needed to transit into large scale commercial and sustainable agriculture hub. Simultaneously, land degradation and other adverse effect of climate change deprive the region of its potentials and means of livelihood. The Lake Chad which is a source of livelihood for over 30 million people shrank by over 80% leading to frustration and migration. Boko Haram insurgency which was as a result of government neglect to develop basic infrastructure, coupled with climate change effect resulted into loss of livelihood and economic activities which caused frustration on the people leading to insurgency which had lasted over a decade and has directly caused the death of 50,000 people, with about 7.1 million people in need. The insurgency resulted into the total destruction of communities, displacing 2.5 million people, and presently making 2.7 million people food insecure. The insurgency impact women, men, girls and boys and people with special needs. Women and girls have been targeted with rape, abduction, to serve as "sex slaves", and used as spies, human beings forced to carry person-borne improvised explosive devices. Men and boys are targeted for recruitment and at higher risk of being killed.

Solution Overview

The IDPs who are surviving on humanitarian hand outs are gradually turning to begging and into other social vises such as prostitution while the few able bodied men and boys are gradually giving unto faith as they have been depending on hand outs in the last 5- 10 years.To address some of these challenges, we have 27,000 hectares of fertile land on a field which is less than five minute walk from the IDP camps and within. a military protected zone in an area considered as safe for international partners and presently having a UN humanitarian hub located at Ngala with 107,000 registered IDPs in camps and over 300,000 within host community.. Farmers will be allocated one hectare per family and we shall provide them with all the support they need such as seeds, fertilizer, and mechanization and extension services for them to produce. The humanitarian partners such as WFP will continue to support them with the regular hand out until harvest. Their surplus will be off taken at a prevailing market price while encourage to store enough for family up keep. The level of participation of the farmers on the program, savings and other economic indicators will by evaluated to determine our level of acceptability and quantify progress made within five years. If the program is declared successful we shall scale up area under cultivation to 100,000 hectares and increase the number of small holder farmers engagement and traders from the community's as the beneficiaries multiply in thousands

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