Climate change awareness and its effects on the performance of agribusiness households in Abia State, Nigeria
The greatest challenge that confronts man and societies today and the generations to come is that issue of climate change. Nigeria is no stranger to the menace of climate change and as such, efforts should be geared towards creating awareness to mitigate its quandary. The study examined the sources of climate change awareness in the study area; perceived evidence of climate change by farmers in the area and the effect of climate change on the performance of farmers in the study area. Two hundred and forty (240) agribusiness households were purposively selected for the study and data obtained through primary sources. Multiple regression, descriptive statistics and likert scale were used to analyze data for the study. The results showed that major source of information about climate change was through the print media while extension services were relatively poor in the area. Changed timing of rainfall, reduced yield was among the changes noticed by farmers as a result of climate change. The regression analysis showed that gender, household size, years of education, change timing of rainfall, experience and number of extension visits were statistical significant variables affecting farmers‘ performance and the study recommended that more extension agents should be trained to help increase the extension network in the study area.
Keywords: Climate, Climate change, Awareness and Agribusiness
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