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Assessing climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and agricultural innovation systems in the Niger Delta

Authors
  • Ikehi, Michael E.
  • Ifeanyieze, Florence O.
  • Onu, Francis M.
  • Ejiofor, Toochukwu E.
  • Nwankwo, Clara. U.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Geojournal
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Publication Date
Feb 18, 2022
Pages
1–16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10708-022-10596-6
PMID: 35194299
PMCID: PMC8853921
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
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License
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Abstract

Climate change and its impacts on agriculture have been widely discussed at national and global levels. An important aspect of the discussion has been adaptation/mitigation approaches. Consequently, several strategies have been suggested as measures to ensure agriculture remains productively profitable. However, food security especially in critical times, such as the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be a challenge even for regions naturally endowed for agriculture. The study evaluated research recommended strategies, and further examined the innovativeness of the strategies in fostering sustainable agricultural innovation system (AIS) in the Niger Delta. The study relied on both secondary and primary data; analysed 129 previous studies and gathered responses from 282 extension agents. The study introduces a method for assessing the innovativeness of strategies by calculating their rated values on five traits. Findings revealed the issues and implications of adopting most recommended strategies and the place of most strategies in fostering AIS. The study highlights the possible reasons why farmers fail to adopt most strategies as suggested by studies on climate change in the region. Based on the findings, recommendations were made on the way forward. The study adds to the scanty discussion of climate change and AIS at regional levels, particularly in the climate change prone and oil rich Niger Delta region. The study offers a novel approach for scoring innovations in agriculture.

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