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ECOWAS REGIONAL MEETING OF THE MINISTERS IN CHARGE OF SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE/LIVESTOCK ON TRANSHUMANCE Abuja, 26th April, 2018

26 avril 2018

The Meeting of the Ministers in-charge of Security and Agriculture/Livestock on Transhumance of ECOWAS was held on 26th April, 2018 in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria to review the on-going conflicts between farmers and herders in the region and propose quick and immediate solutions to address the issues.

The Ministers in their deliberations noted that most pastoralist-related conflicts in the region stems from a growing competition between herders and farmers over access to water and pasture due to the adverse effect of climate change and fueled by the prevalence of weapons in the region, rural banditry and cattle rustling

They underscored the cross-border nature of transhumance activities and stressed that efforts to address the related challenges should preserve the regional integration imperatives of Security and Free Movement of Persons and Goods. 

They expressed serious concerns on the on-going and wide spread conflicts between farmers and herders in the Region, and strongly condemned these recent developments that have resulted in the loss of human lives.

In addition, they condemned the stigmatization of particular sections of the population and called for continuous advocacy, sensitization and media engagement.

 

The Ministers concluded on the urgent need to address the herder – farmer conflicts in the Region through dialogue and implementation of existing Protocols and Regulatory Frameworks relating to Transhumance.

In line with the above conclusions, the Ministers recommended as follows: voir les recommandations dans le compte rendu dans la rubrique déclaration de N'Djaména

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