Bolanle Aina is a PhD student in agricultural extension and rural communication at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her doctoral research interest centers around investigating the proclivity to utilize grievance redress and citizen’s engagement mechanisms in Herders-Farmers conflict resolution. She is also interested in the communication dynamics of agrarian conflict employing network analysis research design using mixed methods to probe conflict actors’ behavioral posture as baseline data to inform communication strategy design, implementation, and evaluation for conflict resolution. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in agricultural extension and rural development with a research focus on communication technologies usage in agricultural research and technology development, dissemination, and utilization. She also co-authored the following articles: “Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Research and Development amongst National Agricultural Researchers in South West Nigeria” and “Communication and Social Change: Lessons from Cassava Technology Transfer in Nigeria.” Aina worked in information technology solutions development and deployment within the corporate private sector in her country Nigeria and is presently seeking to build a career as an academic and development practitioner.
Conflict between herders and farmers in Nigeria presently escalates to high levels of violence leading to loss of lives, properties and displacement of rural populations. The causes, consequences and dynamics of the conflict situation are widely researched; its sustainable resolution is the pressing concern for agricultural development and national security. Active participation in the process of conflict resolution determines if its outcomes are suitable, acceptable and satisfactory to all parties in order to prevent future recurrences; aimed at moving the actors from the place of discord to mutual action. Hence, this research seeks to investigate willingness of conflict primary actors to use grievance redress and citizens engagement mechanisms in conflict resolution in the research area. Conflict prevalent region of north central Nigeria will be surveyed using qualitative and quantitative data instrument validated by qualified experts.