Stakeholders Gather For Change Adaptation Gender Inclusion In Climate

By Otikor Samuel


Research initiatives aimed at mainstreaming gender issues into climate  change adaptation for enhanced productivity amongst farmers in the southern part of Nigeria received a major boost, as key stakeholders converged on the IPS Auditorium, University of Port Harcourt for the commencement of the project. Speaking at the Commencement Workshop for Gender-Responsive Climate Change Adaptation Initiative in Nigerian Agriculture (G-CAINA) project on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, Project Lead and Lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension in the Faculty of Agriculture, Dr Clara Ifeanyi-Obi disclosed that the G-CAINA project runs from May 2021 to May 2022 as its research cycle. Dr Ifeanyi-Obi stated that the project was meant to address the vulnerability of farmers with specific objectives to identify gaps and barriers to climate change adaptation in agriculture among women crop farmers in Southern Nigeria and map actionable pathways to enhanced adaptation. Other objectives, according to her, are to document challenges for effective advisory services and suggest strategies to ameliorate practices of social exclusion, as well as conduct capacity building workshops to mainstream survey outcomes, synthesise knowledge and improve climate change adaptation capacity in agriculture. Declaring the Workshop open, Director of Centre for Research Management and Development, Professor Samuel Arokoyu, stressed the need for all stakeholders irrespective of gender to rise to the challenges of climate change on humans. Others who spoke at the Workshop included Director, Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies, Professor Andrew Obafemi, who is also the Director, Project Host Centre and Collaborator and Project Supervisor and Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Professor Olufemi Adesope. The event had officers of the Rivers State Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Women Affairs and development partners in attendance. 

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