A Story of Climate Change and the Farmers-Herders Crisis in Benue State, Nigeria


In recent years, the idyllic landscapes of Benue State, Nigeria, have become the backdrop for a simmering conflict that threatens the very fabric of its communities. This conflict, often referred to as the farmers-herders crisis, is a multi-faceted issue rooted in environmental changes, socio-economic pressures and historical tensions.

Produced by I2E MEDIA with Support from the KWANDE/USHONGO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY Office.

The documentary “Behind the Valley,” produced by I2E MEDIA and supported by the KWANDE/USHONGO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY office, delves deep into this crisis. Through comprehensive storytelling and powerful visuals, the film aims to uncover the layers of complexity that define this conflict.

Climate Change: A Catalyst for Conflict

At the heart of the farmers-herders crisis is climate change. Benue State, known as the “Food Basket of the Nation,” has experienced significant environmental changes over the past decades. Erratic rainfall patterns, prolonged droughts and extreme weather events have severely impacted agricultural productivity. These changes have forced many farmers to abandon their traditional crops, while herders, in search of greener pastures, move southward, often encroaching on farmlands.

The resulting competition for resources has escalated tensions between the farming and herding communities, leading to violent clashes, loss of lives, and displacement of thousands of people. “Behind the Valley” brings to light these untold stories, highlighting the human cost of climate change and the urgent need for sustainable solutions.

Socio-Economic Pressures

Beyond the environmental factors, socio-economic pressures exacerbate the crisis. Economic disparities, land ownership disputes and inadequate governance have created a volatile environment. The documentary features interviews with local farmers and herders, government officials and experts, providing a holistic view of the crisis.

Historical Tensions

The roots of the farmers-herders conflict can be traced back to historical land use practices and cultural differences. The documentary explores these historical tensions, offering insights into how past policies and practices have shaped the current landscape.

Stay Tuned for the Full Documentary Release Dates and Screenings

The full release of “Behind the Valley” is highly anticipated. The documentary promises to be an eye-opener, shedding light on the complexities of the farmers-herders crisis in Benue State. It calls for collective action to address the root causes and foster a peaceful coexistence between farming and herding communities.

Narration by Dooshima Dabo-Oyewole

The narration by Dooshima Dabo-Oyewole adds a personal and compelling touch to the documentary. Her voice guides the audience through the intricate details of the crisis, making the stories of those affected resonate deeply.

Why You Should Watch and Share

Understanding the farmers-herders crisis in Benue State is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Awareness: Many people are unaware of the scale and impact of this crisis. The documentary aims to educate and inform a broader audience.
  2. Empathy: By showcasing the human stories behind the conflict, “Behind the Valley” fosters empathy and understanding, which are essential for conflict resolution.
  3. Action: The film calls for urgent action from all stakeholders, including government, NGOs, and the international community, to address the root causes of the crisis.
  4. Sustainability: Highlighting the link between climate change and the crisis underscores the need for sustainable environmental practices and policies.

“Behind the Valley” is not just a documentary; it is a call to action. It urges us to look beyond the surface, understand the deeper issues, and work towards lasting solutions. By watching and sharing this documentary, you contribute to a broader conversation about climate change, conflict and the future of Benue State.

Stay tuned for the release dates and screenings. Let’s make a difference together.

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