The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has called on governments at all levels especially at the federal level, to make funds available for the institutionalization of Cadre Harmonise process currently in its second phase and ongoing in 16 states of the federation.
This position was made known in Abuja by the Assistant FAO Representative (Programme), Dr Rabe Isa Mani, at the de-briefing session on the second cycle of 2016 Cadre Harmonise Analysis of Food and Nutrition Security Situation in 16 states of the federation, championed by the FAO in partnership with ECOWAS, Agence Francaise De Development, USAID and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)
Cadre Harmonise is a tool for analysing food and nutrition security situation which is deployed to classify the nature and severity of current and projected acute food security and entrusted to Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) for implementing the CILSS-ECOWAS-UEMOA region.
Mani said: “The additional progress that we have made now is that the data that we have collected is in partnership with international and national organisations like the National Bureau of Statistics. This is in order to strengthen the partnership at national levels with world to play the role expected of them with respect to national capacity building.
“The international partners are not going to be here forever, it is therefore important that national capacities be built. In that light, I would like to call on both the states and the federal government to see to the institutionalization of the system and making proper budgetary provisions for this. We know the situation whenever we go out there to the field, and we see that this is not being done because funds are not available.
“But both the federal and states government have seen the benefit this tool and we call on them to quickly make the required budgetary provisions so that this system will spread.”
The estimation of population per phase of food and nutrition insecurity for 16 states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara states via the Cadre Harmonise tool was later release.