Climate Change And Food Security In Nigeria
Keywords:Climate change, agriculture, greenhouse gasses, national strategies, adaptation, mitigation strategies
This paper starts with painting a gloomy picture of African agriculture, which can be worsened by climate change. Against the conceptual bases of climate change and food security, it explores the causes of climate change, its reality, evidence and manifestation in Nigeria. It explores the available strategies for mitigating climate change impacts in Nigeria. This reveals gross inadequacies in terms of governance, absence of a national adaptation programme of action, national climate change policy and strategy and action plan on climate change. The policy implications of these were discussed including massive deforestation, galloping urbanization, management of wetlands, widening governance space, the role of the media and vulnerability assessment. The message of the paper is that too little is being done and too late.
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