Nigeria: Scientists Begin Research to Boost Food Security in Nigeria


The official says the exclusion of women from past projects on climate change had affected food security in the country.

Some scientists at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Wednesday began a 12-month research project to tackle rising food shortage in Nigeria due to climate change.

The lead researcher, Clara Ifeanyi-Obi, said in Port Harcourt that the project is aimed at mainstreaming gender into climate adaptation efforts and addressing issues that hinder climate change adaptation in agriculture.

Ms Ifeanyi-Obi said the title of the research project was “Gender-responsive Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives in Nigerian Agriculture Project.”

The don disclose that the research would last for 12 months and would be carried out in all the 17 states in the South-east, South-south and South-west.

“This project is targeted to mainstream gender into climate adaptation efforts and address facts that limit people from adapting to climate change in their agricultural production,” she said.

Premium Times had reported how Nigeria faces the possibility of food shortages as a combination of climate change and insecurity curtails farming activities and output.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the research is sponsored by the Canadian Government through the AIMS NEI Fellowship Programme for Women in Climate Change Science.

The lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, UNIPORT, said that climate change had negatively impacted agricultural produce in the country.

“This negative impact is helped by the fact that women, who make up the largest population in the nation’s agric. sector, do not have knowledge and skill to adapt to climate change.

“Most of the climate change adaptation effort made by both the Federal Government and private agencies seems to neglect the place of gender, especially the women groups.”

According to her, “women are excluded from adaptation efforts and strategies of both government and private agencies, despite having more numbers in the agricultural sector than men.”

She said that the exclusion of women from past projects on climate change had affected food security in the country.

“The project will look at three areas, including the reduction of vulnerability of climate change by addressing the drivers of vulnerability to climate change.

“It will also build the capacity of people and communities, particularly those who are affected by the effect of climate change.

“In addition, it will contribute to implementing the different adaptation decisions and policies of the Federal Government as well as achieve a climate-smart agriculture agenda.