Adam Smith International


In the Sahel and Lake Chad region, Nigeria is the first country of origin of irregular migration towards Europe. The country is currently faced with an important crisis in the North East States, prompting the displacement of about 2,2 million people.

Considering the fragile socioeconomic and food context in the country, the actions of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa mainly locate in the States of Yobe, Gombe, Borno and Adamawa and focus on promoting an approach linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD). This entails improving the access to basic services and enhancing livelihood and developing self-reliance opportunities for displaced people and host communities affected by the humanitarian situation.

In partnership with IOM, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa also aims at strengthening the capacities of the national and local authorities regarding migration management, at assisting voluntary return of migrants on the migration route and at promoting awareness raising activities on the risks of irregular migration. A migrant resource centre as a local referral mechanism will be established in Edo State (Benin City).

The actions of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa supplements the other cooperation instruments of the European Union at stake in Nigeria. 


Selected targets*

13 523
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities

433 664
Number of people receiving basic social services

163 000
Number of people receiving nutrition assistance

National projects

Total 8

Regional projects

Total 7

Cross-window projects

Total 5
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News & Stories

NEWS | 02 May 2019

Nigeria: the inspirational couple who risked everything to keep their family together

Ask 36-year-old Esther* when she’s happiest and her smile widens as she remembers her favourite time of day: “At 6 o’clock, I come out of my house and see my husband – Simon – walking through the gate to be with me and my children. Seeing him still gives me...

Mediation for youth in KwaDRC
NEWS | 22 March 2019

Promoting Peaceful Resolution to Local Conflict in Northeast Nigeria

The crisis in Northeast Nigeria is now in its tenth year and 7.1 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance. The violent crisis is the result of ongoing armed conflict between state actors and non-state armed groups, which has produced widespread unrest for civilians. As of January 2019, an...

150 bulls distributed to Borno’s youth to provide them with a much-needed source of income and prevent radicalizationFAO
NEWS | 15 March 2019

150 bulls distributed to Borno’s youth to provide them with a much-needed source of income and prevent radicalization

Youth in Borno – Nigeria’s worst affected northeastern state – have had their livelihoods uprooted due to a decade-long crisis. In response to the overwhelming recovery needs of livestock-based households in the State, FAO is collaborating with the European Union to reestablish livelihoods in the sector. On 13 February, UN...
43-year-old Tijani Mohammed spreading out his stalks of millet on the groundChima Onwe/NRC
NEWS | 10 February 2019

Displaced farmers move beyond food assistance through field schools in Northeast Nigeria

‘Promoting Resilience and Peaceful Coexistence among Displacement Affected Communities in North East Nigeria’ project, funded by the European Union, is helping over 1,700 farmers to grow their own food. 

A smile of joy and satisfaction lit up his face as Tijani Mohammed spreads out stalks of millet harvested from...