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					          CASE STUDY: CONFLICT IN FADAMA COMMUNITIES

                                    By
                                AJUWON S. S.

Introduction

National Fadama Development Project

“Fadama” is Hausa name for irrigable lands or flood plains and low-lying areas
underlined by shallow aquifers. They are found along Nigerian rivers. The
National Fadama Development Project phase one was implemented between
1992 and 1999 and was adjudged successful. This success has culminated
into the Federal Government of Nigeria requesting for the second phase of
Fadama project. The objective of the second phase has been defined as to
sustainably increase the incomes of fadama users --- those who depend
directly or indirectly on fadama resources (farmers, pastoralists, fishers,
hunters, gatherers and service providers) – through empowering communities
to take charge of their own development agenda and by reducing conflict
among fadama resources users.

In the past, fadama farming was not common in West Africa, they were
mainly used for grazing and fishing but as human population increased during
the 20th century, a greater use of fadama for food production was inevitable.
As farmers take up more of the river – bank for farming, they come into
conflict with the other users, especially the pastoralist and fisherfolk, whereas
the pastoralists have been coming to the river for many years to feed their
animal with grasses. When they arrive and find the grazing field covered by
tomatoes and other crops they become very angry. On the other hand, the
farmers who are often desperate to feed their families during the dry season
regard the herders as dangerous and intrusive. Too often there are fights and
people are sometimes killed, properties lost, etc.

TYPES OF CONFLICTS
The types of conflicts faced in fadama communities vary from one community
to another depending on the type of user groups being found in the fadama
communities. However, the conflicts can be classified under three major
categories viz
:
   1. Conflict within community over access rights
   2. Conflict between community over access rights
   3. Citizen versus the authorities

Conflict within community over access rights

q) Farmer-farmer : The farmers in question claim land for fadama farming.
One is taking off water upstream for irrigation and thereby impeding the flow
of water to the farmer downstream preventing him from fadama farming
activities. This may lead to comflict between the two farmers.
b) Fisher-Fisher: Setting of dumbe nets or using other illegal techniques to
catch fish or stealing of fish from individually owned ponds within the fadama
creates conflicts between fishermen.

c) Herder –Herder: The agro-pastoralist/semi-nomadic pastoralist
and nomadic compete for grazing when dry season is severe and pasture is
insufficient.

2) Conflict between Communities over Access Right

a) Farmer-Pastoralist: Cattle may enter farm land and eat crops or graze
crop residue without the permission of the farmer. Farmers may also cultivate
across stock routes or riverine grazing area thereby disturbing the passage of
cattle to grazing reserve or field.

b) Fisher-Pastoralist: Herder destroy fishing gear in the pond in the fadama
area. Fisherfolk also block livestock river crossing places.

c) Pastoralist-migrant gatherers: Pastoralist cut browse for feeding animals
to the detriment of the gatherers and this results in minor conflict between
them.

3) Citizen versus the authorities
   a) Gatherers seek wild resources (potash, fuelwood,etc.) in National parks
   b) Farmers take water from the main channels
   c) Authorities take off water upstream and cut off water from farmers
   d) Hunters poach birds and animals in National park
   e) Fishermen fish in National parks
   f ) Pastoralists go into National Parks or reserves to graze or browse

   The degree of conflict between these different resources users ranges
   from insignificant to extremely tense but conflict between pastoralists and
   farmers far outweighs all other types of resource conflict in frequency and
   importance.


CASE STUDIES

There were various cases of conflict in both Northern and Southern NFDP
States in Nigeria. There is a significant variability in social, economic,
ecological parameters both within and between States. However, conflict is
usually greatest where populations are most dense and competition for
Fadama land highest, but the degree of severity defers from State to State.
The following are the experiences in some of the states during the implementation of
Fadama-I:




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Case Study 1:Bauchi State
Bauchi State is one of the States that benefited from the National Fadama
Development Project– I. It lies within the North east pastoral corridor in
Nigeria.

Conflict Status
Between 1996 and 2002 there were 28 incidence of Farmer-Pastoralist
conflicts and also 4 cases of farmer-fishermen conflicts.
Because of these incessant conflicts especially farmer-pastoralists conflicts in
the State, the state government decided to set up a committee to look into
the matter. The observations of the committee are as indicated below:

Observations of the Committee

   (1)    Conflicts between the farmers and pastoralists have been occurring
          almost annually in the last five decades.

   (2)    Before the advent of the aggressive Udawa and Bokoloji
          pastoralists, conflicts were minor in scope and their occurrence
          were minimised through the use of Fulani elders (jauro/ardo).

   (3)    The newly emerged militants pastoralists (Udawa and Bokoloji)
          introduced a violent and fatal dimension to conflict.

   (4)    Unlike the other group, Udawa and Bokoloji do not pay traditional
          homage or inform the local leaders when they arrive.

   (5)    The Udawa and Bokoloji pastoralists are young, militant, heavily
          armed with guns and arrows; and

   (6)    Some local godfathers and bandits protect them.


Effect of the Conflict in the State

   (1)    Between 1994 and 2002, 28 villages were affected and recorded
          loss of lives, crops, livestock and properties.

   (2)    Between 1995 and 1997, in 8 out of the 28 villages affected, it was
          reported that 31 farmers, 66 pastoralists and 4 policemen were
          killed. Also 44 farmers and 2 pastoralists were injured (BSADP
          1997).

In addition to the above, there were burning of settlements, destruction of
irrigation facilities and fear of vengeance on both parties.




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The prominent conflict–prone areas are communities located on the major
interstate livestock routes such as Gamawa, Zaki, Ita/Gadan, Jamare, Misau,
Kirfi and Kuddu Local Government Areas.

Case Study 2:Gombe State

It lies within the North east pastoral corridor in Nigeria.

Conflict Status
There were 11 reported cases of Farmer-Pastoralist conflict between 1996
and 2002. The conflicts were more pronounced in the central and southern
senatorial districts of the State.
.
There are two broad groups of herdsmen in the State.                  They are
local/indigenous herdsmen and the Bokoloji and Udawa nomads. The former
live peacefully while the latter which arrives in the State between October and
January from Katsina or Niger/Chad are virulent. – This second group are
more prone to dispute with the farmers over farm produce and crop residues.

Causes of Conflict

       -      The major cause of conflict is the crisis in Chad.

       -      Miscreants under the disguise of Nigerian uniformed officials
              (soldiers, immigration police, custom, etc) come with
              sophisticated weapon to steal cattle, money, etc.

       -      The conflict is also caused by non-development of grazing
              reserves. Only 10% of the available grazing reserves are
              functional and most of the land earmarked as grazing reserves,
              stock routes and watering points for the pastoralists have been
              encroached by the farmers.

Effect of the Conflict

Between 1997 and 2002 a woman was abducted for some days and another
was amputated, 366 people were seriously injured, two herdsmen were
apprehended by the police, 20 people lost their lives, a number of cattle were
killed and some houses were burnt. Also some valuable were lost, rainy
season crops were prematurely harvested and there were delays in starting
dry season farming as a result of the conflicts.


Case Study 3: KOGI STATE
It lies within the North Central pastoral corridor in Nigeria.

CONFLICT STATUS
The State has witnessed serious cases of conflicts, particularly between the
farmers and the pastoralists which led to loss of lives and properties. In some
instances due to seriousness of such conflicts , pastoralists were prevented


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entry or forced out of some areas in the state. For instance in 2002
pastoralists were driven out of Bassa Local Government Area after serious
encounter with the farmers. Between 1996 and 2002 forty nine (49) cases of
farmer-pastoralists conflicts were reported while there was only one (1) case
of pastoralist – fisherman conflict.

CAUSES OF CONFLICTS

Droughts and erratic rainfall patterns have reduced river flow in flood plains
and this has resulted in the concentration of crop and livestock production in
the fadama.

-      For the Fulani pastoralists, upland gazing areas are in a poor state and
       cannot support large number of livestock over time, hence they move
       to the fadama in search of alternative pasture and watering points,
       especially in the dry season.

-      Development intervention in the state such as the NFDP have
       encouraged expansion of cultivation into areas that were formerly left
       fallow and used for livestock grazing.

EFFECT OF THE CONFLICT IN THE STATE.

Between 1996 and 2002, 27 persons were injured and 17 persons lost their
lives. Crops estimated at over N1m were reported damaged.


CASE STUDY 4: KEBBI STATE.
It lies within the North West pastoral corridor in Nigeria.


CAUSES OF CONFLICT

-      The Fulani/herdsman/pastoralists view the NFDP as a threat to their
       dry season grazing activities as the project is located in the fadama that
       was hitherto meant for grazing purpose.

-      Encroachment and the poor state of grazing reserves.

-      The belief by the pastoralists that deliberate damage of crops will lead
       to prosperity for them and their cattle that year.

EFFECT OF THE CONFLICT IN THE STATE.

There were losses of lives, properties, animals, farm produce and fadama
equipment.




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CASE STUDY 5 :IMO STATE
It lies within the South east of Nigeria.


CONFLICT STATUS

Between 1996 and 2002 forty seven (47) farmer-pastoralist, twenty six (26)
farmer-fishermen, thirty (30) farmers-hunters and 29 pastoralist-fishermen
conflict cases were reported.
.
The conflict in Imo State is not particularly linked to flooded land by rivers.
There is high rainfall in the State and the riverine land provides a valuable
communal (free) resource, which is currently very much under-utilized
compared to upland, which may need to be leased.

Causes of Conflict

   (1)       Cultural differences between the communities and the herders, crop
             damage, passing near settlements and attempting to settle on
             fallow lands are part of the offences that could cause conflict.

   (2)       Major conflict occurs when communities raid and make away with
             some cattle of the herders.

   (3)       Absence of stock routes leading to watering point and lack of
             designated grazing areas.

             Effect of the conflicts

         -      There were losses of lives, properties, animals and farm
                produce. Between 1996 and 2002, nineteen (19) people died
                and forty two (42) persons were injured. 191 animals valued at
                N233,000 and crops worth over N334,000 were destroyed
                during the conflict.

         -      The pastoralists live in fear of attacks on their cattle and
                themselves.




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            CONSENSUS BUILDING: FADAMA EXAMPLE
                                  AJUWON S. S.

   INTRODUCTION
   The use and management of common property resources (CPR) by many
   stakeholder in Fadama lands is shrouded by lack of defined security and
   proper rights by users. There is also limited equal access and
   transparency in the use of fadama lands.

   Conflict management or consensus building mechanism in the use of CPR
   is also not effectively implemented by the responsible authorities and this
   has been a source of continuous conflict among stakeholders.
   This has in effect undermined the efforts of government of Nigeria in
   implementing rural development initiatives for improved productivity in a
   sustainable way.
   Consequently. One area of focus under Fadama II is to improve conflict
   management mechanism in order to raise rural productivity and income.

   For a quick understanding of the topic, we will consider it under the
   following three questions:
   (1) What are the causes of conflict within the fadama communities?
   (2) What are the effect of the conflict on the communities? And
   (3) What are the conflict management mechanism currently in place
       and the NFDP II strategy to improve on them?

Lesson Learnt Under Fadama-I

During the implementation of Fadama-I some lessons learned with respect to
conflict situation include: crop encroachment, impeded passage of trek routes
and fadama feed resources of pastoralists. These led to sporadic outbreaks
of conflict in a few areas partly because the project failed to take into account
the interest, and concerns of the other resource users of fadama space other
than that of the farmers. Consequently under Fadama-II, the government is
now committed to fostering active participation of all key stakeholders in the
formulation and implementation of conflict management interventions at the
community level.

What are the causes of conflict within the Fadama Communities?

1) Factors Identified Leading to Major Conflicts

The following were identified as part of the causes of major conflicts:

       i.     Refusal to allow the pastoralists free access to fadama pasture
              and water (this involves damage to crops and blockages of
              cattle and water points);




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      ii.    Insistence of farmers to protect the vegetative stages of crops
             from damages; and

      iii.   Deliberate destructions of tubewells and washbores by the
             migrating pastoralists due to problem of access to fadama
             resources.

Other causes of the Conflicts

Some other causes of the conflicts are as follows:

      (1)    Land tenure and land use practices.

              Land is traditionally held on a collective basis. It was therefore
             used by communities and individuals on first-come first-served
             by virtue of being member of the community. On this premise,
             the use of fadama was not based on ownership and some
             fadama areas were even reserved for use by the pastoralists
             who would spontaneously settle on them and utilise the fadama
             resources. However, over the years, there had been a complex
             interaction between ownership rights and use rights. In most
             States, increasing pressure on land has decreased the
             importance of communal rights but enhanced the significance of
             individual ownership of land.

             Nevertheless, the pastoralists continue to regard land, pasture
             and water as God-given free resources to which they should
             have unlimited access. The constraints inherent in the differing
             perception of land by farmers and pastoralists therefore tend to
             be a major source of conflict.

      (2)    Non-observation of rules and regulations.

             Both farmers and pastoralists flout the dry season farming and
             grazing rules. Some farmers deliberately leave part of their
             harvest on the farm to lure pastoralists in attempt to get
             compensation that would be more than the actual worth of the
             crops.    Some pastoralists also are no longer paying the
             traditional homage or inform local rulers when they arrive the
             village. In some cases also the authority of traditional rulers
             have been eroded and rendered them effective.

      (3)    Inadequacy of the existing grazing reserves.

             Due to population pressure on land, some grazing reserves
             have been encroached for farming activities, land speculation for
             building and government development intervention




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(4)   Poor State of the existing grazing reserves.

      Virtually all the grazing reserves are poorly developed and bare
      with little or no traces of grass on them. This is principally due to
      over-grazing, poor management and poor facilities.
      Consequently, the pastoralists move downward to the middle
      belt and Southern States for valuable sources of fodder in spite
      of regular open clash with various communities and
      trypanosomiasis infestation.

(5)    Blockage and reduction in size of stock routes.

      In most States, stock routes have been blocked by the farmers
      individuals with      buildings and government development
      purposes to the detriment of the pastoralists, and watering
      points for livestock are now converted to sources of irrigation
      water to the discomfort of the pastoralists. This blockage of
      local cattle routes leading to watering points and increased
      activities in the fadama are major sources of conflict between
      pastoralists and the farmers.

(6)   Commercialisation of Crop residue.

      Both agro-pastoralists and pastoralists intensively use crop
      residues during the dry season. The commercialisation of these
      crops residues now is a contributory factor to the conflict.

(7)   Limited use of improved pasture and feeds.

      Limited use is made of improved pasture and feeds due to non-
      availability and knowledge of how to grow and manage grasses,
      land tenure and the traditional preference for transhumance.

(8)   Poor land and soil conservation measures.

      Desert encroachment and excessive salinity of the soil limit
      livestock production potential in some areas. Also total cultivable
      land is shrinking due to land degradation resulting from
      deforestation, erosion, desertification, etc. These problems have
      limited the areas of operations of the farmers and pastoralists
      hence result in heightened conflict.

(9)   Traditional beliefs and practices.

      It is claimed that the pastoralists sometimes engage in
      deliberate destruction of crops and properties because of the
      belief that such acts are essential for stock growth/expansion
      and household prosperity. Although bush burning is used by the
      cultivators for various benefits, pastoralists see this as a
      deliberate attempt by the farmers to deny their animals access


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              to pasture. Similarly, wood cutting for commercial purposes by
              the sedentary people also reduces the quantities of fodder and
              consequently irritates the pastoralists.

2)     WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF THE CONFLICTS ON THE
       COMMUNITIES?

       Effects of the conflicts on the fadama communities

The effect of the conflict on the communities is very serious. It has even led to
displacement of some communities. Some of the effects are enumerated
below:
       -      the death of farmers, pastoralists and other settlers.

       -      destructions of crops (field or harvested), irrigation facilities, and
              heavy loss of properties and animals.

       -      feeling of insecurity and fear among farmers and pastoralists
              every time the migration period arrives.

       -      inability to pay back fadama loans.

       -      reduction in productivity on both sides of farmers and
              pastoralists.

       -      alteration of the pattern of social relationships in the affected
              communities and also there is a considerable mutual distrust
              among the various parties to the disputes: the farmers,
              pastoralists, traditional rulers and government law enforcement
              agencies that mediate in the disputes.

3)     WHAT ARE THE CONFLICT MANAGEMENT MECHANISM
       CURRENTLY IN PLACE AND THE NFDP II STRATEGY TO
       IMPROVE ON THEM?

Conflict Management Mechanism in place

Basically there are three categories of institution through which the people
settle their disputes. These are (i) Traditional authorities, (ii) Police and court,
and (iii) Local and State governments.

Traditional authority

In the rural setting, there is hierarchy of village elders, ward heads, village
heads and districts heads who intervene to resolve disputes. However, if the
dispute is very serious a more senior leader is involved in the settlement of
the problem. But the shortcoming with the traditional authorities is that their
interest in these matters varies from one village to another. Some respond
immediately by setting up court like procedures with witnesses, site inspection



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and independent assessment of costs. Others make arbitrary judgements and
people occasionally accuse them of corruption.

There are some more forward looking village heads who have established
pre-emptive measures to forestall conflict e.g in Bauchi and Yobe States.
They have established what they call hospitality committee.


Police and court
These institutions have bad reputations among rural communities therefore
they are used as last resort.

Local and State governments
They set up committees to settle conflicts that may arise within their
jurisdictions. However, in recent times their staff are often in conflict with the
traditional rulers over who owns power in a region. However, the two tiers of
government are of tremendous assistance in setting up committees that see
to the settling of conflicts in their regions.

Below are some strategies operating in some NFDP States

Bauchi State

Conflict Resolution Strategy

   (1)    Minor conflicts are settled through traditional arbitrations by
          ward/village heads, district heads and emirs or by the parties
          involved e.g There are more forward looking village heads in the
          state who have established what is called Hospitality Committee.
          These are local residents appointed by the village head to go and
          meet with Fulani that are coming to an area or who are setting up
          camp. Most of these are transhumants who have already visited the
          area in previous years which makes meetings easy to arrange. But
          problems can arise when a new group of herders comes to the
          area. The committee tries to establish grand rules with the Fulani,
          so that if crop damage or other disputes occur, then both sides have
          accepted an agreed procedure. They also have an indigenous
          version of a Resource User Agreement, essentially demarcating
          land where grazing is acceptable and warning of the herders from
          potential farm land.

   (2)    State conflict resolution committee are also set up, comprising
          representatives from the Department of Local Government, State
          Security Services, the Police, farmers and Miyetti Allah (Pastoralists
          association) with the Director General of the Department of Local
          Government as the chairman.

   (3)    Similar committees are formed at the Local Government and district
          levels.



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    (4)      The committees use radio programmes (Hausa and Fufulde) to
             enlighten and educate the farmers and pastoralists about the need
             for peaceful co-existence.

    (5)      The committees are also involved in direct settlement of disputes
             through the assistance of law enforcement agencies.


Despite all this, the stakeholders have one complaint or the other as indicated
below:

Complaints of Fadama Farmers, Pastoralists and Traditional Rulers

             Farmers complained that:
    (1)      the local godfathers and bandits who aid the Udawas are known by
             the police yet nothing is done to them.

    (2)      Government is slow to respond to conflicts and lack preventive
             measures to forestall future occurrence of conflicts, and not provide
             relief to victims of conflicts or their families.

    (3)      Law enforcement agents favour the pastoralists because they are
             protected by their organization, Myetti Allah and are wealthy to offer
             gratification.

             The pastoralists also complained that:

             (a)       the courts award compensation for destructions caused
                       by their animals but do little or nothing to protect cattle
                       routes and grazing land from being converted to farms.

             (b)       they are maltreated and exploited by people because of
                       their ignorance of law and low social standing.


          Traditional Rulers

          They also complained that their power and authority have been eroded
          and this was a major contribution to conflict and major obstacle to
          peaceful conflict resolution.

OBSERVATIONS

-         Both the farmers and pastoralists seemed to take the law into their
          hands because there were lack of respect for law, inadequate legal
          instrument to deal with conflict situations and non-enforcement of law
          and traditional rules and regulations.

-         The government was not addressing the real issues which is the right
          and obligations of the various land users e.g. Bauchi has a total of 64


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      grazing reserves but only 10 of them are gazetted, 21 have not been
      surveyed and demarcated and the total hectarage covered is only
      213,550 ha less than 50% of the grazing land requirement stipulated by
      the National Policy on Agriculture.

-     The grazing reserves and stock routes are heavily encroached. They
      also lack adequate pasture, water and other facilities.


Gombe State
Conflict Resolution Strategy
The State government on the 30th of December 1996 signed into law “Farmers
and Herdsmen (Prevention and Settlement of Disputes) Edict”. In the Edict,
State and Local Government Committees were established with defined
membership and specific functions and responsibilities. The state committee
was inaugurated on the 10th of July 1997. Some of the activities they already
embarked upon are as follows:

      i)     Organization of public enlightenment campaign programmes in
             Hausa and Fufulde by way of discussion forum, drama, jingles
             and using local musicians.

      ii)    Visitation to the LGAs and identification of entry points of the
             nomads, advised communities to evacuate their farm produce
             on time, and advised farmers to exercise restraints in dealing
             with the foreign nomads in order to avoid crisis.

      iii)   Advised the farmers to refrain from encroaching areas
             designated as grazing or forest reserves, stock routes and
             watering points; and

      iv)    The production of a map of all established grazing and forest
             reserves and stock routes for the purpose of retrieval of already
             encroached land and gazetting them.

-     Enforcement of the Edict that no herdsman shall graze his animals on a
      farm land where there is farm produce or remains of farm produce.

-     Other arbitration channels include traditional rulers, district/village
      heads, elders and leaders of farmers and fulani headsmen Miyetti
      Allah. It was reported that any resolution of conflicts by this traditional
      systems were usually enduring.




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JIGAWA STATE
CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGY.

-      As in other states, the government set up a technical committee in
       1994 to study the various dimensions of the conflict in the state. Upon
       receiving the committee’s report the government issued a white paper
       in which it accepted the recommendations of the committee.

-      Based on the recommendations of the technical committee, the
       government set up another committee called Retrieval Committee,
       which was headed by the commissioner for Agriculture and Natural
       resources. The committee was to;
-
       (a) retrieve all encroached grazing and forest reserves and stock
           routes.
       (b) make peace and settle land disputes.
       (c) A technical committee under it was to deal with conflicts at the local
           government levels.

-      Security committees were also established at the state and local
       government levels to make peace and settle farmer/pastoralist
       conflicts.
-      In addition, there were traditional processes for settling disputes in the
       communities. The court and the police were also often used, even
       though the farmers and pastoralists expressed their dissatisfaction with
       the roles of the police, courts and some of the traditional rulers in
       conflict resolution.


KEBBI STATE.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION STRATEGY

Some of the villages in the State have employed traditional method to settle
conflict among the Fadama users. For example, in Yauri; on the installation of
the emir of the community, he has helped to form more than thirty professional
and tribal associations. Each association could freely elect its own
chairperson. The different chairs elected one representative as member to the
Emirate Council. A conflict resolution mechanism was set up at three levels:

   Low level committee, comprising of village head, Fulani and farmer
    leaders. They can resolve the issue at their level, mostly by mediation and
    payment of compensation.
   Middle level committee, comprising District Head, Sarkin Fulani and
    branch chair of the Farmers Association. Very few issues pass this level
    without being resolved. Even if the issue is with the police or court, the
    committee can achieve an out-of-court settlement.
   High level committee, comprising His Royal Highness the Emir of Yauri,
    the Galadima (who also represents the chairs of Associations) and other


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       members of the Emirate Council. The verdict here is final and the
       conflicting parties must adhere to it.

Since the establishment of this mechanism, farmers, fisherfolk and
pastoralists have been living peacefully with one another. The committees are
multi-purpose and it resolves all forms of conflict, not just farmer-herder
issues.

In addressing the farmer-pastoralist conflicts, the state government has also
set up two committees namely Committee on Re-demarcation of grazing
Reserves and Committee on Farmers/cattle Rearers’ Dispute.

The Terms of Reference for the committee on Re-demarcation of Grazing
Reserve are as follows:

i        ensure that Local Government Committees on the Re-demarcation of
         Grazing Reserves are properly composed with representatives from the
         farmers, cattle rearers and traditional rulers;

ii       physically visit all the reserves proposed by the local governments and
         do the actual demarcation after considering all professional
         implications; and

iii.     pursue the Ministry of Justice to get legal backing for establishment of
         the reserves recommended after the approval of the State Executive
         Council.

The recommendations of the committee are as follows:

i.       to reduce farmer/pastoralist disputes both the State and LGAs should
         survey, demarcate, beacon and gazette all the existing grazing
         reserves and stock routes. The Fulani living in these grazing area
         should be provided with legal grazing rights and title to the land where
         they reside;

ii.      both the State and the LGAs should carry out grazing reserves
         development and improvement activities annually. These activities will
         include pasture improvement and water development (such as little
         earth dam, hand-pumps, and boreholes) inside these grazing areas so
         as to boost livestock production in the state and encourage settlement
         of the Fulani in the different areas of the grazing reserves; and

iii.     the state government should pass a law against all kinds of illegal
         farming and encroachment in gazetted grazing areas and stock-routes.
         All the recognized current illegal farming encroachment into these
         grazing areas and all the trespassing activities inside or at the
         boundary of the grazing areas should be stopped.

The committee on Farmers/Cattle Rearers’ Dispute was to identify the causes
of the recurring farmers/cattle rearers disputes in the State and recommend


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appropriate measures to the government to minimize the reoccurrence of
such disputes.

Apart from these committees, the ADP through their public enlightenment
campaign has been settling disputes within the NFDP fadama areas. There
were also traditional committees set up in some areas in the State to settle
conflicts. These committees are at three levels (low, middle and high). The
intervention of each depends on the severity of the conflicts.

Women opinion leaders were also involved in the arbitration by pacifying their
husbands, making them to realize that mostly women and children are prime
targets during the conflicts

Conclusion

It may be concluded that most of the conflicts arise from competition over the
use of land, water and grazing resources. This has to do with a combination
of factors principally resulting from a deficiency in the overall national
agricultural development strategy. This is manifested in the erosion of the
land use rights of the grazing resources, slow uptake of agricultural
technology especially livestock production and management practices and
poor land and soil conservation measures. While NFDP may not have
originated the crisis, it is unquestionable that its implementation has fuelled
the problem.

In all the strategies, it was observed that the traditional method of settling the
conflict is the most effective of all the methods.

Lastly, with the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in which all
the stakeholders will be involved in every stage of the project cycle including
the preparation of the Local Development Plans (LDPs), it is hoped that every
conflict on fadama resource use will be reduced if not totally wiped out.




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