Climate Change and the Dryland Resources of Nigeria
- LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
- The book has been categorized into six chapters relevant to the drylands of Nigeria which presents various challenges and way forward for better management of natural resources in Nigeria. Chapter one discusses climate change impacts at global level, Africa as well as Nigeria’s context. It goes further to discuss climate change scenarios or plausible explanations of future global climate.It also presents challenges and possible adaptation and mitigation measures of climate change in Nigeria. Chapter two highlights environmental hazards and their consequences on the natural environment with reference to the drylands. This chapter highlights devastating impacts drought, desertification and climatic variability. The chapter goes on to discuss natural and anthropogenic causes of environmental hazards. Suggestions of possible adaptation and mitigation measures to these natural hazards were made. Chapter three dwell on soil and water conservation practices in Nigeria. The chapter presents the techniques used in soil and water conservation and various methods adapted by farmers at various location and different techniques of crop management in Nigeria. Chapter four presents the role of smallholder farmers in crop production in Nigeria. Agroecological zones specializations of various crop productions in Nigeria, rural livelihood diversification strategies and the challenges faced by smallholder farmers in Nigeria and the way forward. Chapter five examines and assesses the ecosystem services in the drylands of Nigeria. The chapter discusses various services such as supporting services, provision services, regulating services,cultural services as well as spiritual services in the drylands of Nigeria. Chapter six discusses the agro-ecological zones of Nigeria. The specialization in terms crop productions and other agricultural activities which differ from one zone to another. This chapter highlights various locations of agro-ecological zones their prospects and challenges as well as natural resources found in each of the zones.