Researchers at the University of Ibadan have warned that climate change is affecting food processing and hunting in the country.
They called on both state and federal governments to come up with affordable insurance policy and favourable forest regulatory frameworks to help Nigeria farming communities cope with the challenges of climate change.
This was part of the conclusion of a research entitled “Integrating Adaptive Management Strategies in coping with climate variability impacts on farming households in forest communities in Nigeria” carried out by Drs Olushola Fadairo, Samuel Olajuyigbe, Tolulope Osayomi, Olufolake Adelakun,Nathaniel Olutegbe and Oluwaseun Adeleke all from the University of Ibadan.
They presented their findings at the Center for Sustainable Development of the University of Ibadan.
The researchers urged government to support farmers across Nigeria with credit facilities, agric inputs and empower the youths to enhance sustainable adjustment to climate variability and change among the rural populace.
They noted that climate change was not only affecting hunting activities in Ogun and River States but also processing of farm produce in Niger State.
The study which was carried out in selected forest communities in Ogun, Niger and Cross River States found that rainfall quantity and duration, windstorm frequency and violence across the three regions accounted for climate change variability.
This, they said had caused stiffer competition for use of forest resources and non timber products among the people.
The university dons who noted that forest dependent communities in Nigeria were threatened by climate variability found that farmers in the research areas “have demonstrated ability to respond to changes occasioned by climate variability through mixed farming and agricultural extensification”.
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