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Assessing the vulnerability of farmers, fishermen and herdsmen to climate change: a case study from Nigeria

Medugu, Idris Nasiru and Majid, Mohammad Rafee and Filho, Walter Leal (2014) Assessing the vulnerability of farmers, fishermen and herdsmen to climate change: a case study from Nigeria. International Journal of Global Warming, 6 (1). pp. 11-4. ISSN 1758-2083

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJGW.2014.058752


This paper describes a study on the vulnerability of farmers and fishermen to climate change and the conflict arises between farmers and herdsmen, in Nigeria. A random sampling survey was carried out in some selected rural communities where 200 farmers and fishermen were interviewed and discussions with community focus groups to ascertain the level of their understanding of climate change issues. The study observed that the majority of the farmers had a good understanding of the changes in the climate through their personal observation, intervention of some research institutes and discussion in various cooperative society meetings. However, climate change has greatly impacted crop production with more than 50% reduction in produce, but not very much change has occurred to fish production. This study further noted that the respondents are faced with increased variations in rainfall and temperature patterns and are yet to have good adaptive measures to the current and expected changes. This paper has recommended the use of agroforestry programme, or tree cropping system, which is a potential strategy to help farmers reduce their vulnerability to climate-related hazards and sustainable fish farming to minimising the vulnerability of fishermen to climate disasters.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:adaptation, agroforestry, climate change, farmers, fishermen, global warming, Herdsmen, Nigeria, vulnerability
Subjects:T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:51934
Deposited By: Siti Nor Hashidah Zakaria
Deposited On:01 Feb 2016 03:53
Last Modified:09 Nov 2018 08:30

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