Ibidapo Et Al

Ibidapo et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 8 (5), pp. 100-109, May 2018.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 042418063


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2018.5.042418063)

 

Assessment
of Arable Crop Farmers’ Perception and Adaptation to Climate Change in Ondo
State, Nigeria

 

 

*Ibidapo
I., Ogunsipe M.H., Oso O.P. and

Akintade
T.F.

 

 Department of Agricultural Science, Adeyemi College of
Education, Ondo, Ondo State


Abstract

The study investigated the perception and
adaptation of arable crop farmers to climate change in Ondo State, Nigeria.
Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select one hundred and twenty-eight
respondents for the study. Structured questionnaire was used to collect primary
data for the study while descriptive statistics (frequency and percentage),
5-point Likert type scale and Logistic regression model were used for data
analysis. The results of the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents
showed that, the mean age was 42.6 years, male accounted for 65.3%, married
were 52.4% with mean household size of 7.0 members per household and
respondents with primary education was represented by 50.5%. Furthermore, the
arable crop farmers that indicated their awareness about climate change
accounted for 56.8% while the mean score from the Likert scale revealed that,
climate change leads to variability in agriculture production (M = 3.78),
influences food insecurity (M = 4.58), affects livestock production (M = 4.53),
influences rainfall and temperature extremes (M = 4.64), among others. The
result of the logistic regression model showed the significant factors which
influenced climate change adaptation included; age (p<0.05), education
(p<0.05), years of experience (p<0.05), access to credit (p< 0.01),
among others. Climate change affects arable crop production due to the fact
that it is climate dependent. Climate change pattern such as; increased
intensity and frequency of extreme temperature impact negatively on food
production, environment and the population that depend on it for food security.
It was recommended that arable crop farmers should be trained on climate change
adaptation and be given access to credit for the adoption of technologies to
cope with climate change.


Keywords: Adaptation, arable
crop farmers, climate change, and perception.


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