The National Coordinator of New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) in Nigeria, Mrs Gloria Akobundu says climate change is impeding agricultural processes leading to reduction in crop yields.
Akobundu made the observation at a one day workshop on “NEPAD Climate Smart Agriculture for Women Farmers in Imo State” organised by Programmes Development and Implementation Department of NEPAD in Owerri.
She said the impacts of climate change were being felt in almost all the rural communities in the six geo-political zones of the country.
She said the effects were manifesting through desertification, diseases and pest outbreaks on crops and livestock.
“These impacts result in the fall in agricultural productiity especially in the northern parts of the country, changes in food security, employment, incomes and economic growth. It also leads to displacement of people from coastal and densely populated, low lying areas, exposure of millions of people to new health risks, especially from vector based diseases like malaria and schistomiasis, water-borne disesases such as cholera, dysentery and malnutrition, ” she said.
The National Coordinator said that women formed a critical mass in Nigeria and contributed 80 per cent of the country’s GDP, while available statistics showed that majority of rural farmers were women.
“Therefore, this workshop is of essence as it will enable women farmers to have an in depth knowledge on climate change including its causes and impacts on agricultural activities. It will also enable them to improve their agricultural produce and become self-reliant in line with the mandate of NEPAD aimed at eliminating poverty and empowering women,” she said.
The pariticipants of the lecture comprised of women farmers from the various local government areas of the state