“Empowering Refugees through Soya Beans Farming: Enhancing Nutrition in Adagom Refugee Settlements, Nigeria”

Enhancing Nutrition Among Refugees in Adagom 1 and Adagom 3 Refugee Settlements through Soya Beans Farming: A Project to Improve Dietary Diversity and Nutritional Status in Ogoja, Cross River State, Nigeria

Project Title: Soya Beans Farming to Boost Nutrition Among Refugees

Introduction: The project aims to implement soya beans farming as a means to enhance nutrition among refugees residing in Adagom 1 and Adagom 3 refugee settlements in Ogoja. The project span from April 2022 to the present date, with the objective of improving the dietary diversity and nutritional status of the beneficiaries. Beneficiaries: The project targets a total of 60 beneficiaries, comprising refugees residing in Adagom 1 and Adagom 3 settlements. These beneficiaries are individuals who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict and are currently seeking refuge in the designated settlements. Locations: The project will be implemented in Adagom 1 and Adagom 3 refugee settlements, located in Ogoja town, Cross River state, Nigeria. These settlements provide shelter and support for displaced individuals who have sought refuge within the region. Project Duration: The project is set to commence in April 2022 and continues until the present date. The duration allows for the cultivation, harvesting, processing, and distribution of soya beans within the designated settlements. Project Objectives: Improve Nutrition. The primary objective of the project is to enhance nutrition among refugees by introducing soya beans as a nutritious food source. Soya beans are rich in protein, essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, making them an ideal addition to the refugees’ diet. Increase Dietary Diversity. By incorporating soya beans into the refugees’ diet, the project aims to diversify their food intake. This diversification can help address micronutrient deficiencies and improve overall health outcomes. Enhance Food Security. Through soya beans farming, the project seeks to contribute to food security within the refugee settlements. By cultivating a sustainable source of nutritious food locally, the project aims to reduce dependence on external food aid and promote self-sufficiency. Project Activities: Land Preparation: The project involved preparing the land for soya beans cultivation, including clearing, plowing, and leveling the designated farming areas within the settlements. Seed Procurement and Distribution: High-quality soya bean seeds can be procured from reliable sources. These seeds will then be distributed to the beneficiaries, ensuring equitable access to resources. Training and Capacity Building: Beneficiaries will receive further training on soya beans farming techniques, including planting, irrigation, pest control, and harvesting. This capacity-building component aims to empower refugees with the necessary skills to sustainably cultivate soya beans. Cultivation and Maintenance: The beneficiaries will engage in the cultivation and maintenance of soya beans crops throughout the farming season. This includes activities such as planting, weeding, watering, and applying appropriate fertilizers. Harvesting and Processing: Once the soya beans reach maturity, they will be harvested by the beneficiaries. The project will provide necessary equipment and training for post-harvest processing, including drying, threshing, and storage. Distribution and Utilization: The harvested soya beans will be distributed among the beneficiaries for consumption within their households. Additionally, surplus produce can be sold or used for income generation purposes. A nutritionist will be requested to teach the refugees and host community members on how to best prepare it for maximum consumption. Monitoring and Evaluation: The project is being incorporated to a robust monitoring and evaluation framework to assess its progress and impact. Regular field visits, data collection on crop yield, nutritional assessments among beneficiaries, and feedback sessions will be conducted to ensure effective implementation and identify areas for improvement. Conclusion: The Soya Beans Farming project in Adagom 3 refugee settlement aims to boost nutrition among refugees by introducing a sustainable source of nutritious food. By diversifying their diet with protein-rich soya beans, the project seeks to improve dietary diversity, enhance food security, and empower refugees with agricultural skills. This initiative contributes to the overall well-being and resilience of the refugee community