Can Contact Reduce Conflict between Farmers and Herders? Evidence from Nigeria
In this study we will investigate whether “contact” can help resolve the endemic farmer-herder conflicts in Nigeria. The Contact Hypothesis postulates that contact between groups can resolve conflicts, yet there is little causal evidence or understanding of mechanisms. Our study will provide the first field experimental micro evidence on whether, and how, contact influences conflict. In collaboration with Search for Common Ground, we will conduct an RCT that convenes inter-dialogues with farmers and herders in 120 communities. Our analysis will test whether contact can reduce conflict even when the underlying conflict is economic in nature.