Social effects of climate change on smallholder farmers in Akinyele, Oyo State, Nigeria

O. Adebisi-Adelani, M. Akeredolu, O.M. Adewale, O.M. Adeogun
Climate change has become a reality in Nigeria. Smallholder farmers are the most affected due to their low level of technology and poor adaptive capabilities. This study was conducted to investigate the social effects of climate change on smallholder farmers in Akinyele, Oyo State, Nigeria. Sixty respondents were randomly selected from three communities. Both qualitative (in-depth interview) and quantitative tools (structured interview schedule) were used for data collection. The results show that most respondents were aware of changes in climate parameters but most believed that climate change was an act of God. Without adaptation strategies, climate change will further exacerbate smallholder farmers' vulnerabilities, placing human health and wellbeing at risk, compromising their livelihoods and impeding sustainable rural development.
Adebisi-Adelani, O., Akeredolu, M., Adewale, O.M. and Adeogun, O.M. (2019). Social effects of climate change on smallholder farmers in Akinyele, Oyo State, Nigeria. Acta Hortic. 1258, 19-26
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1258.3
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2019.1258.3
adaptation strategies
English

Acta Horticulturae