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IJCRR. 2013; 5(5): 63-70


CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOIL DEGRADATION IMPACT: FARMERS’ VIEWPOINTS IN KEBBI STATE NIGERIA

S. Usman, J. Morton, I. S. Koko, A. Aminu, A. Abdullahi Makai, A. Adamu.

Abstract
Understanding climate change and soil degradation impact on global environment is an enormous scientific challenge of the 21st century. Kebbi State is due to consider this challenge because of its low economic development, lack of infrastructure, services and needs for special attention on soil and environment in developing proper agricultural activities. For this, the ultimate aim of this study was to address the impact and causes of climate change and soil degradation in Kebbi State Nigeria. In an effort to collect necessary information, a Verbal Interview (VI) was carried out in rural areas of Bagudo, Birnin Yawuri, Bui, Dirin daji, Gotomo, Kangiwa, Ngaski, and Tondi gada. The results of this study indicated that farmers’ viewpoints on the impact of climate change and soil degradation have contemplation in the global climate change and soil degradation perspectives. The opinion of farmers is that the major factors behind climate change and soil degradation impact in the affected areas include deforestation, drought, overgrazing, poor government policy, poor research development, increase population and poverty.

Key words: Climate change, Soil degradation, Farmers, Interview



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