French embassy organises seminar to address conflict between farmers and herdsmen

French embassy organises seminar to address conflict between farmers and herdsmen

- A seminar is being organised to proffer solutions to herdsmen and farmers clashes across Nigeria

- The organiser, the French embassy in Nigeria, says the seminar will be coming up on September 18, 2018

- The seminar will comprise a lecture to be delivered by Dr Adam Higazi

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.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the embassy made this known in a statement in Kaduna on Tuesday, September 11.

NAIJ.com gathers that the event, which is coming up on September 18, 2018, at Alliance Française Kaduna, is being organised in collaboration with the Pastoral Reserve (PARE).

The statement read: “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."

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According to the statement, 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.

The statement continued: “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," the statement read.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a report from a United Kingdom-based organisation indicted some governors and the opposition party in Nigeria of fueling the crisis between herdsmen and farmers across Nigeria.

The report by the Bridge Centre said there were possibilities that chieftains of the opposition especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were supporting killers in their desperation to get at the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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