By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Researchers at the University of Ibadan have asked the Federal and State Governments to fashion out affordable insurance policy and favourable forest regulatory frameworks to help Nigeria farming communities cope with the challenges of climate change.
The Researchers made the call as part of the conclusion of their research entitled “Integrating adaptive management strategies in coping with climate variability impacts on farming households in forest communities in Nigeria”.
The Researchers, Drs Olushola Fadairo, Samuel Olajuyigbe, Tolulope Osayomi, Olufolake Adelakun,Nathaniel Olutegbe and Oluwaseun Adeleke presented their findings at the Center for Sustainable development of the University of Ibadan.
According to the researchers, there is the need for 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, adding 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 which has 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 are 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 intensification.