Global Sentinel Publishes Policy Brief on Herders-Farmers Conflict

The Forum on Farmer and Herder Relations in Nigeria (FFARN) has produced and published a policy brief for a sustainable solution to deadly conflict between the farmers and herdsmen across the country.

Global Sentinel is part of FFARN, which is a network of academics, practitioners from governmental and non-governmental institutions who work on peace and conflict/security issues in Nigeria and who have experience responding to farmer-herder conflict at sub-national, national, and/or regional levels.

The Forum, which is being facilitated by the Search for Common Ground, provides a monthly platform for interdisciplinary exchange and joint identification of areas for additional research and practice to generate strong evidence for multilevel policy influence on farmer-herder conflict in Nigeria.

Speaking on the policy brief entitled: “The Implications of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law on Farmer-Herder Relations in the Middle Belt of Nigeria”, the Senior Programme and Policy Analyst, Search for Common Ground, Mrs. Bukola Ademola-Adelehin described as a landmark achievement.

Ademola-Adelehin expressed satisfaction at the e-copy of the published Policy Brief, saying “this is the first product of FFARN and I am proud of our collective effort”.

She sees the publication “as a way of influencing the current discuss and quest for solutions to the conflict”.

The brief was co-authored and edited by Mrs. Ademola-Adelehin and Mr. Chris Kwaja, who is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Centre for Peace and Security Studies, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State and currently an Africa Research Conflict Analyst with Search for Common Ground.

There were also contributions from Mr. Adagba Okpaga, Professor and Head of Centre for Peace and Development Studies, Benue State University, Nigeria; Mr. Mafhouz Adedimeji, Head, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Nigeria; Mr. Nathaniel Msen Awuapila: Executive Director, Civil Organisations Research Advocacy and Funding Initiatives Development (CORAFID), a non-governmental organization based in Benue State; and Rev. Bitrus Dangiwa.

The overall work was however a collation of discussions, deliberations and brainstorming inputs by members of FFARN represent academic and practitioner institutions including: Global Sentinel (Media Partner); Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development (AAIPSD), Niger state, Nigeria; Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies, University of Jos, Nigeria; and Centre for Ethno-Religious and Peace Studies, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria among others.



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