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Farmers review wheat varieties as part of a participatory varietal selection organized for displaced farmers in Hadejia, Jigawa State, Nigeria. Image: Kachalla Kyari Mala

A discussion with Nigerian wheat breeder Kachalla Kyari Mala, Lake Chad Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria. By Chris Knight.

In Northeast Nigeria, where agriculture forms the backbone of rural communities and livelihoods, Boko Haram has forced millions of men and women to flee their homes, taking refuge in crowded settlements on the outskirts of the region’s largest cities and towns, and leaving behind not just their homes, but their ways of life.

In the region’s largest city, Maiduguri, an estimated 130,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) have settled into urban and peri-urban IDP camps — part of over 1.4 …


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