In a bid to safeguard livestock production among vulnerable pastoralists in northeast Nigeria, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has supported the establishment of Community-based Animal Health Workers (CBAHWs) in Borno State. The initiative aims to build capacity of 150 youths who will provide veterinary support to pastoralists in their respective communities. The youths will also be equipped with the necessary veterinary tool kits.
Borno State is the epicentre of a long-drawn-out regional armed conflict that has constrained access to social services such as health and education, as well as markets. Prior to the crisis, millions of smallholder pastoralists owned sizeable herds of livestock and poultry flocks which served as their productive asset base. The ongoing conflict has caused a substantial depletion of the livestock population and has disrupted critical veterinary infrastructure leading to increased risks of endemic animal diseases.
CBAHWs play a critical role in the community-level prevention, early detection and curtailment of animal diseases, particularly in remote areas. They provide efficient, cost-effective and demand-driven technical veterinary services to rural pastoralists. The CBAHW system by FAO will address the challenges currently faced by pastoralists in accessing veterinary services in the state.
Source : Fao