The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has inaugurated solar-powered boreholes in three northern states to boost access to water for domestic use and agricultural activities in the region.
Mr David Tsokar, FAO National Communication Officer, who made the disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday in a statement, said the move was part of efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.
He listed the benefitting communities to include Alagarno community in Bauchi State, Sabarun-Jeke community in Jigawa and Dayaji community in Sokoto State.
Tsokar said the intervention was provided under the FAO Action Against Desertification (AAD) project, aimed at supporting benefiting communities to overcome the effects of drought and desertification.
The communications officer quoted Mr Suffyan Koroma, the FAO Country Representative, as saying that the project would encourage non-timber forest products (NTFPs) value chain.
‘‘The vulnerable groups in the benefitting communities, particularly the women and youths, will have enhanced income generating opportunities.
‘‘For us at FAO, this paves the way toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) goals 1, 2, 6 and 13.
‘‘The goals seek to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, ensure zero hunger, ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
“The goals also call for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
‘‘This will enhance the availability of fresh and nutritious food for the people,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AAD, funded by the European Union, is an initiative of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
It is to support the implementation of the Great Green Wall (GGW) in Sahara and Sahel regions.
The AAD project is focused on combating desertification, promoting sustainable land management and restoring degraded land.