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The Canadian government has partnered with the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on food security and humanitarian assistance in Borno State.

According to the organization, the partnership hopes to raise food security, mindful of the 13-year conflict that has displaced over 2.5 million people in the Northeast.

Unveiling the initiative, yesterday, in Maiduguri, during an exhibition of agricultural produce, the Canadian High Commissioner, James Christoff, said: “There are many issues here in Borno State. I want to see how we can support FAO to make a difference in people’s lives.”

He described what he saw at the exhibition as the outcome of good ideas designed to restore people’s livelihoods with resilience.

While thanking the commissioner, the FAO representative in Nigeria, Fred Kafeero, said: “The organization’s work in the state is visible, in terms of improving food security, but mindful of the crisis that has been faced for over a decade. We are proud to be partners of the Canadian government in supporting our efforts to deal with issues of food insecurity in the state.”

According to him, FAO deals with issues that are fundamental to the root causes of conflict and long-term development issues. He added that the people’s resilience will also be strengthened to achieve food security in the state.