Palm Oil Project
The demand for palm oil globally is growing. It is used in food products, detergents, cosmetics and biofuel. At one time Nigeria was the leading source of the world's palm oil, but its share of the global market has declined in recent decades.

Annually, Nigeria imports some 350,000 metric tons of special palm oil and 400,000 metric tons of technical palm oil. Several years ago, the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation began to look for ways the Niger Delta could build on its existing foundation to help the region win a larger share of the global palm oil market, translating into more jobs for Nigerians and opportunities for external investors.

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Aquaculture Project Helps Niger Delta Catfish Farmers Capture Untapped Potential
For many years, Nigeria's fish farmers have lost out on the enormous potential of the aquaculture market. That's beginning to turn around.

Domestic fish consumption in the country is huge with about 1.5 million metric ton an estimated national demand of some 2.66 million metric tons annually. Also, demand for fish abroad – mostly smoked fish – has grown steadily.

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P4P Forms Diverse Coalition
The PIND-supported Partners for Peace (P4P) Network is training a diverse group of Niger Delta citizens on the skills needed to allay conflict in their respective communities.

A civil defense officer and participant in the Conflict Assessment Tools (CAST) workshop raises a point about youth and cultism in Imo State PIND's P4P team began this year's region-wide two-day conflict assessment trainings in March, starting March 11-12th, 2014, in Imo State and continuing on to the rest of the Niger Delta States. These workshops would create an avenue wherein P4P members from these states share and analyze their states' conflict bulletin, which was generated using information on P4P's peacebuilding web-map. The team is also using these workshops to train state chapters' members on the use of conflict assessment tools (CAST), an analysis tool for classifying conflict that would help each state come up with its peacebuilding activities and programs appropriate to addressing conflict in the individual states.

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Why Conflict Sensitivity Matters
As part of the organization's strategy to mainstream conflict sensitivity, PIND staff across the various offices took time out in June and July to do trainings on conflict sensitivity, an approach to project implementation that seeks to minimize negative impact and maximize positive impact of a project or intervention. To share what we know, we held a Twitter chat with both facilitators of the Conflict Sensitivity Training Peacebuilding Consultant Gary Shapiro and PIND's Peacebuilding Officer Nkasi Wodu using NDLink's Twitter account in what became a robust conversation on conflict sensitivity and its application in the Niger Delta. PIND's peacebuilding officer and co-facilitator of the training Nkasi Wodu talks about common project missteps that can foment conflict, the peculiarities of the Niger Delta, and how to make one's projects, programs and interventions more conflict sensitive.

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