Perceptions of Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies among Small-holder Cassava Farmers in Rural Communities of Bende L.G.A, Abia State, Nigeria

  • O. S. Chukwuemeka
  • E. C. Agoh
Keywords: Climate change, Cassava farming, Perceptions, Adaptation and Extension services


This study aimed to investigate the perceptions of climate change on cassava farming in two rural communities, Umu-imenyi and Umuhu-Ezechi, in Bende L.G.A of Abia State, Nigeria. A multistage random sampling technique was used to select a sample of 80 farmers (40 male and 40 female) from the two communities. The study used primary data sources, such as an interview schedule and questionnaire, which were administered offline using the Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect app on an android phone by trained enumerators. Results revealed that majority of the respondents were aware of climate change and its effects on their farming activities. However, majority had limited access to extension services. The study therefore recommends providing farmers with adequate extension services and support, conducting research to understand the impact of climate change on other regions, promoting climate-smart agriculture techniques, implementing policies that support sustainable and resilient agricultural practices and systems, and provision of financial and technical support to farmers to help them adapt to changing climate conditions.


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