Livelihood support among Ibeno locals,Nigeria
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Livelihood supports among Ibeno locals affected by reduced tourism activities in Ibeno Beach, Nigeria, due to COVID 19.
This project is aimed at ensuring a sustained income for the pro-poor Ibeno Beach dependents affected by COVID 19.The beach creates a lot of income generating opportunities for the locals: food vendors who sell food and fresh fish, restaurants, local craft makers,fishermen,entertainers etc. The COVID 19 has rendered a lot of locals jobless and without income. The project entails providing alternative livelihood supports to about 500 pro poor locals whose sources of livelihoods have been affected by the PANDEMIC. They will be trained and supported in agro based enterprises with potential to generate quick income: poultry farming, rabbit farming, bee farming, and vegetable farming. The project will make locally fabricated fish dryers available to fishermen/fish dealers so they could be able to preserve harvested fishes before taking them to cities for sale. They will be organized into cooperatives of about 10 persons each, which each group receiving a support of $100.The project will ensure continuous monitoring of the established cooperatives.
About the site: Ibeno beach located in Ibeno community in Akwa Ibom State southeastern, Nigeria was coined from its location; “Ibeno”.The beach is one of the tourist attractions in Nigeria and covers a total area of about 1200 square kilometers. It is the longest beach in Africa. Ibeno beach is one of the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is highly rated because of its peaceful and safe surroundings. It is the most popular beach in Akwa Ibom. Due to its serenity and security, the beach is rated high amongst the top soothing and clean beaches in the country. The beauty of this beach is that the sands of the beach itself have been stable over the years without receding with the tide of the water. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibeno_Beach).
Although Ibeno is now a popular tourist attraction because of its beach, the area has some history too. Ibeno was the landing site for one of the most successful Christian missions in Nigeria – the Qua Iboe Christian mission from Scotland which arrived in the early 20th century. Relics of that missionary expedition also attract tourists to the area. In 2013, the federal government constructed the Ibeno Bridge to attract tourists and improve other economic activities in the area.
(https://hotels.ng/places/beach/62-ibeno-beach; https://www.cometonigeria.com/see/ibeno-beach/).The Atlantic Ocean surrounds it from the south. The whole stretch of the beach is beautifully decorated for the enjoyment of the local people. Ibeno beach presents unlimited natural amenities for tourism, boating, rafting, skiing, camel riding, horse riding and many more. The beach is also decorated with a large number of trees planted along the coastline. The tree provides coconut water in case of dehydration. The tree also helps in giving shadow to the people visiting the beach. Thus acting as a relief area after taking a bath. Most people come to take a walk along the shore of the beach. It reduces a lot of stress. While some soak their body in the water for therapeutic treatment of their joints and muscles.
Ibeno beach helps detoxify people as they would come to relax without a computer, mobile phone or anything. They generally would sit and without worrying about the work. The beach also provides us with a lot of vitamin D, thus helping us recover the deficiency.
It receives over 10,000 visitors per month and over 100,000 visitors in annually.
About the local implementer:The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre’ (founded in 2001) is a registered NGO focusing on, natural resources management, indigenous knowledge/resources preservation, sustainable agriculture, and community livelihoods.
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The project will provide alternative livelihood supports to about 500 pro poor locals whose sources of livelihoods have been affected by the PANDEMIC.They will be organized into cooperatives of about 10 persons each, which each group receiving a support of $100.The project will ensure continuous monitoring of the established cooperatives.Funding support receive will help in capacity building and start-up support among the locals
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