FADE – Fight Against Desert Encroachment
Over the past few years, hundreds of people have lost their lives and properties to violent clashes between local farmers and pastoral herdsmen. These losses have caused a rift in society as Nigerians accuse the government of being negligent in ensuring the safety of its people.
Historically, the Fulani herdsmen are nomadic and habitually migratory, moving annually from North to South in search of grazing fields and markets for their herds. However, the movement which used to be seasonal has been altered due to expansive desertification, drought and golly erosion in Northern Nigeria. The herdsmen now seek greener pasture southward. As migration intensifies, so also do violent clashes over grazing lands between local farmers in the South and pastoral herdsmen, who are guilty of devouring crops and forcefully appropriating lands.
Over the past few years, hundreds of people have lost their lives and properties to violent clashes between local farmers...