Farming in Nigeria

27 Jan 2015
Ms Diane Abbott MP

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with reference to the report, the Dominion Farms' land grab in Nigeria, published in January 2015, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that projects sponsored by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa do not marginalise farmers in Taraba State, Nigeria.

Answered by Mr Desmond Swayne on 3 February 2015

DFID is working with members of the Nigerian New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition partnership to promote responsible agricultural investment in Nigeria. This includes adoption of the internationally endorsed Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. The New Alliance partnership in Nigeria has already helped improve market access to 7,290 smallholder farmers and has created 22,670 jobs.

DFID is supporting the Nigerian Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform to roll out systematic land titling and registration across the country. Under our Growth and Employment in States project, 33,500 parcels of land have already been demarcated and certificates of occupancy are being issued. These measures are specifically aimed at protecting the rights of farmers at risk of involuntary relocation.

back ⇢