Tropentag, September 14 - 16, 2022, Prague
"Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views."
Maize farmers’ perceived risk of climate change and information seeking behaviour in Nigeria
Kehinde Adesina Thomas, Tope Omirin
University of Ibadan, Dept. of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Nigeria
Purpose: Agriculture contributes meaningfully to the livelihood of people and the economy of Nigeria. Despite these huge potentials of the agricultural sector to the country's economy, certain factors still beset it among which is climate change However, climate change is increasingly impacting agriculture negatively and this is not without implications on food security. The study therefore assessed maize farmers’ perceived risk of climate change and information seeking behaviour in Kaduna and Oyo states, Nigeria.
Methods: The targeted population of the study involved registered maize farmers under the Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in Kaduna and Oyo states. Through a survey, a total of 238 respondents (Kaduna - 131; Oyo - 107) were randomly sampled using a structured interview schedule. Analysis of data collected was performed with SPSS and STATA 14.
Findings: Most (61.8%) maize farmers were aged between 31-50 years, male (74.4%) and most (76.9%) cultivated a farm size of 2.61±2.9 hectares. Among the institutional factors affecting the decision to seek information, 79.8% had access to extension services. Above half (52.9%) of maize farmers perceived the level of risk posed by climate change on maize farming to be negative, while 50.8% had high climate information seeking behaviour. Age (β=-0.047), farm size (β=0.101) and perceived risk of climate change on maize farming (β=-0.082) significantly influenced maize farmers’ climate information seeking behaviour. Better awareness and comprehension of the level of vulnerability of farm enterprises to climate risks is crucial to encourage farmers’ climate information seeking behaviour. it becomes imperative therefore for government or NGOs climate-related agencies to promote better awareness and comprehension of climate change as a problem at the local level.
Keywords: Climate information seeking behaviour, perceived risk, maize farmers
Contact Address: Kehinde Adesina Thomas, University of Ibadan, Dept. of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Ibadan, Nigeria, e-mail: kehindeadesinayahoo.com