The European Union/OXFAM, under its food loan program, provided grains for 2,000 households across four local governments of Adamawa state.
The 2020 PROACT EU funded, Lean-Season/COVID-19 Food-Loan Program was concurrently inaugurated in Song, Guyuk, Mubi and and Fofure LGAs, to improving food security and resilience.
Mr Falaye Usman, Governance and Influencing Coordinator, said 100kg bag of grains were distributed each to small households categorized as very poorly affected by the COVID-19.
He added that the grains would be returned to its banks after harvest to save other household within the community.
Sourced locally from vendors and shared through the brain bank committee where complaint desk was set up for feedback and address issues related with selection criteria and distribution to ensure transparency.
The distribution is handled by the village savings and loan scheme with support from local governance structure was strictly to ensure recovery process.
Mohammed Jada, Livelihood Program Officer, the program started in 2018 was in order to cushion the effect of lean season on small holders farmers.
Jada noted that usually around June -September every year, farmers abandoned their farms for other work ending up getting low yield.
He added that 200 grain banks were built across the state to ensure hitch free across the benefiting councils.
Gidado Abdulsalam, Chairman Song local council promised to support the community with agro inputs to ensure sustainability of the program.
Abdulsalam thanked EU/OXFAM for the intervention at the time means of livelihood is greatly affected by coronavirus pandemic and insurgency.
Jidda Audu and Comfort Adamu said, the grain would be used to support their families and promised to payback on time.