Bauchi- The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP), with support from Oxfam in Nigeria has trained farmers and stakeholders in Bauchi State on improving strategy on climate resilience in order to enhance food security in the state.
In a one day workshop which was held at Chartwell Hotel and Suites,Bauchi, with theme ” Connecting Our Achievements and Learning for Improved Strategy on Climate Resilience in Bauchi State”.
The Program Manager of WANEP, Osariemen Amas Edobor in a welcome address said that the objective of the engagement was to review progress, gaps and achievements in reducing climate vulnerability at the state -level since the development of National Agriculture Resilience Framework (NARF) as well as efforts made to domesticate the NARF’s policy guidelines at the local government area levels.
Edobor also stated that the workshop will enable stakeholders assess knowledge gaps existing among farmers that can provide adequate information and awareness on climate change in Agriculture, adding that the stakeholders’ engagement will provide an avenue for farmer associations to discuss mitigation plans of farming communities in the state.
“The objective here at the end of the day is to secure Federal/State governments commitment on recommended actions towards climate resilience as well as improving coordination among stakeholders.It is to foster participation and learning on adaptation and resilience strategies among relevant stakeholders as well as deepen understanding of the nexus between climate change, conflict, small scale farming and food security”, he said.
A Representative of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and President of the Association of Small- scale Agro Producers In Nigeria (ASSAPIN),Bauchi State chapter, Hajiya Amina Bala Jibrin in her remarks said that NARF’s policy guidelines was put in place as means to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on agriculture in the country.
“It is not a matter of setting agenda, but implementing our various good policies in the agricultural sector. There is the need for proper sensitisation, adequate information and awareness on climate change in the Agriculture sector to stimulate a system dynamics model around challenges and opportunities for agricultural production in the country”, she said
While highlighting the various indigenous adaptation and mitigation options for reducing climate risks, Hajiya Amina however emphasised the need to create more awareness and effective information dissemination in managing climate risks as it relates to food security.
Addressing participants on the Policy document – NARF and other related climate resilience framework, Professor Nasiru Murtala of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi said farmers in Nigeria, especially those in rural communities are exposed to some significant amount of vulnerability either from severe flood or drought, in the face of the changing weather, which according to him, affects food production.
The Agricultural specialist who lamented that farmers are yet to have sufficient knowledge on climate change information, called for effective coordination in increasing resilience of vulnerable communities in the state.