A renowned conflict solution activist and founder of Plant for Peace, James Brett has advocated regular peace dialogue between herders and farmers in Nigeria in order to reduce the constant conflicts among the parties which many say is responsible for food shortage in the country.
Brett made the position known during a virtual media parley ahead of the agriculture conference scheduled to hold in Abuja on April 7 and being organized by AVAS Consulting, an Agriculture and food production in the forefront of agriculture revolution in Africa.
He noted that achieving food security and sustainable economic development for food sufficiency in Nigeria calls for desperate measures that involves everybody coming together to tackle.
Some of the issues the conflict resolution expert highlighted as measures to curb perennial conflict between herders and farmers include appropriate land registry and ownership, government intervention and funding of small holders farmers.
The conference with the theme; Advancing Nigeria’s Agriculture and Rural Development in the Midst of Conflict, is expected to be declared opened by Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo
On his part the Chief Executive Officer, AVAS Consulting, Michael Kadiri observed that the amount of technology and infrastructure that would be delivered by Plant for Peace is expected to create different opportunities in the nation’s agricultural sector.
According to the organizer, the conference, amongst others, is expected to critically discuss the insecurity situation in Nigeria and how it affects agriculture, food production and rural development.