In many countries of the world today, people are experiencing hunger as never before due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In many countries of the world today, people are experiencing hunger as never before due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria is no exception, and one of the areas affected is Maraban Rido communities in Kaduna State. Maraba Rido is a farming area, but for some years now, the community has suffered from religious and ethnic tensions which have led to a general breakdown of trust. This has been exacerbated during the past year by outbreaks of violence including rampant kidnapping. Because of fear, farms, especially those of women, have been abandoned. Other farms which have been planted have been destroyed, some by cattle of roaming herdsmen, others by thieves who come during the night to steal the crops. The lockdown resulted in depletion of stores of food which would have lasted through the rainy season. These situations have led to a shortage of food, which in turn has led to an alarming hike in food prices. Many of the staple grains used in the diets have doubled in price over the past year.
It is in the light of looming food insecurity in the state that Hope for the Village Child Foundation in partnership with Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment and under the sponsorship of Women Earth Alliance supported 100 vulnerable households from the Maraban Rido communities of Nissi Village, Mani quarters, Rimi, Mahuta, Ung. Alkali Kudansa, Ung. Gajere, Ung. Amana, Kudansa, Ung. Zango, Rido Gbagyi, Tudun Wada Kudansa, and Ung. Luka with emergency food relief. Needless to say, the gratitude with which the gifts were received was not only extended for the food but also for the generosity of those who shared their resources.