Phase 1: 10 FARMS FULLY FUNDED in 2018
ICC has identified several more communities that are in need of these farms. Phase 2 will implement these farms in order to give these communities a sustainable source of food & livelihood.
Help ICC fund more farms!
These funds will directly support the cultivation and planting of 125-acre plots in these communities in need.
CHOOSE A GIFT:
$30 | Food & farming for one person for a year
$100 | 200 kg of fertilizer, enough for five acres
$250 | Two irrigation pumps
$1,250 | Land clearing for 125 acres
$5,000 | Plowing &harrowing for 125 acres
$15,000 | Implements a communal farm for an entire village (approx. 75 families)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the Fulani people?
Answer: The Fula people, or Fulani in Hausa, are a large ethnic group that is widely spread across all of Sub-Saharan Africa. There are more than 5 million Fulani currently in Nigeria. A large portion of this ethnic group continues to live a nomadic lifestyle, herding mainly cattle, but also goats and sheep across countries, keeping themselves separate from the local farming communities and national identities.
Why are militant Fulani attacking Christian villages?
Answer: There have always been a level of conflict between Muslim Fulani herders and Christian farmers, but in recent years the fighting has significantly increased. In most villages that are attacked, churches are destroyed and clerical homes are burned down. There have been clear signs of contempt in the way that these militants target any form of Christian identity.
How do they compare to Boko Haram?
Answer: Currently, Fulani militants are a greater threat than Boko Haram to Nigerian Christians. Boko Haram’s ability to conduct large-scale attacks has decreased. They have been primarily pushed back to two northern states, which are also majority Muslim. That has made it so that they are unable to attack Christians as often as they were several years ago. The Fulani, however, are not being stopped from attacking Christians in any way. They are able to freely move through any area in Nigeria, and have killed and attacked many more people, especially Christians.
Will ICC need to teach the victims how to farm?
Answer: No, the victims are farmers and know how to farm already. They don’t want a handout; they want to be able to raise crops for sustenance and for sale as they always have.
What is the cost of the program?
Answer: Each farm will cost about $15,000 and feed 300 to 500 victims for an entire year. This is an incredibly effective means of caring for the victims of Boko Haram and Fulani militants. In the end, it works out to about $30 per person to feed them for an entire year.
Nigeria is the biggest killing ground
of Christians today
Nigerian Christians face challenges
on multiple fronts
Christian farming villages are repeatedly attacked in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. Tens of thousands have died over the last 20 years. Nigeria is actually the bullseye of Christian persecution in the world, but few are aware of it. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have lost everything and are living as refugees.
Two Main Players
- Boko Haram: Organized, structured, armed Islamist militant group based primarily in the North. Remember the kidnapping of the Chibok Girls? That was Boko Haram.
- Fulani Militants: Nomadic cattle herders that are armed and intent on driving Christians out of Nigeria’s Middle Belt. They attack Christian farming villages at night and kill the Christians using machetes and guns. They are just as deadly as Boko Haram but less well known.
ICC cannot solve the problem in Nigeria on our own. We have been and will continue to help the persecuted in Nigeria through Advocacy and Awareness, but our main focus is to rescue the victims.
The victims are farmers, so ICC is setting up farms for them! Simple, right?
The victims don’t want a handout. They know how to farm; they just want to be able to make a living and feed their families in the way they know how—farming.
ICC has set up 10 communal farms in 2018, each of about 125 acres. We are now working to implement more. Here are the details:
- ICC rents the land
- ICC clears the land to get it ready for farming
- ICC plows and tills the land.
- We then provide seed and fertilizer.
- The Christian victims then plant, tend, and harvest the plants and crops.
- Each farm will yield 2 crops in a year.
Each farm will feed approximately 500 Christians. This work can only go forward in partnership with you.