On Agrilinks: Building Resilience in Nigerian Agriculture

December 6, 2018 - Author: and

agrilinks_Nigeria_lso_sltThe agricultural sector in Nigeria is facing multiple stressors and sources of change. Nigeria is the most populous and most rapidly urbanizing country in Africa. Nigerian decision-makers have to figure out how to maintain and develop the country’s ability to feed itself. The concept of resilience offers a framework for how to do this.

Scientists studying resilience have identified a number of key principles which foster resilience in systems undergoing shocks. We discuss three of them here as they relate to Nigerian agriculture: diversity, participation and learning.

  • Diversity: Farmers need to plant a range of crops so that if one fails, they have multiple other options for sale or consumption.
  • Participation: When everyone gets involved in problem-solving, more solutions are generated and trust is built.
  • Learning: We need continuous observation and experimentation to adapt to changes that are happening in Nigerian agriculture.
Read "Building Resilience in Nigerian Agriculture" on Agrilinks, December 6, 2018



Tags: climate change, fsg news, fsp news, nigeria


Related Topic Areas

Nigeria, C1-C2


Authors

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Saweda Liverpool-Tasie
517-432-5418
lliverp@msu.edu

Laura Schmitt Olabisi

Laura Schmitt Olabisi
(517) 432-4128
schmi420@msu.edu


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