The Victims Support Fund (VSF) is scaling-up its livelihood and recovery programmes in the North-East as part of its continuing efforts to alleviate the plight of displaced persons. The imminent ramping-up of activities will apply particularly to the states worst hit by the insurgency namely Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. As part of this drive, the Fund has initiated numerous activities aimed at increasing the economic empowerment programme for 5,000 women. This programme targets women that have Empowerment project (WEP). During this phase, the women will transit from Savings and Loan Associations (SLA) to cooperative societies to enable them handle bigger income generating ventures.
The VSF has also begun setting the tone with State–level implementing partners for the distribution of agricultural inputs for dry season farming. The agricultural inputs to be distributed to farmers include improved seeds, pesticides, fertiliser and livestock. Partners from Civil Societies Organisations (CSOs) working with key relevant Government agencies have also commenced community level entry activities. These activities are suitable groups in preparation for the roll out of the SLA programme. The rollout of this livelihood programme also includes capacity building for the CSOs that