Addressing Climate Change Risks on Water Resources and Food Security in Katsina Ala and Buruku Communities of Benue State.
Addressing Climate Change Risks on Water Resources and Food Security in Katsina Ala and Buruku Communities of Benue State.
"Katsina Ala and Buruku communities are located in Benue state. While katsina ala community has an area of 2,402 km² with a population of about 224,718 at the 2006 national census, Buruku community on the other hand has an area of 1,246 km² with a population of 203,721 at the 2006 national census. Both communities lie on the banks of the Katsina-Ala River, a major tributary of the Benue River and are climate sensitive areas that are most vulnerable to climate change in Benue Statec. Reduced rainfall, drying up of the river and other surface water bodies, flooding, erosion, pest and disease infestation and land degradation are the most dominant climate – related hazards in the project communities which constitutes a constant threat to the livelihoods of the people. The project target beneficiaries are rural community dwellers who are peasant farmers and fishermen engaging in small and subsistence scale production.

Findings from the project target community show that the rural dwellers are witnessing a reduction in productivity in their livelihood activities (farming and fishing) and as such are heavily dependent on products from the forest especially wood to support their well being. The reductions in the volume of water resulting from climate change have further compounded the livelihood issues of the community dwellers. In search for increased outputs from their farming activities, community dwellers have relied more on government assistance for fertilizers and other inorganic agro chemicals. This has however yielded little positive results as land within the area has been massively degraded due to unsustainable practices alongside climate change. Future projections of climate change shows that the negative impacts of climate change would be more severe in the project location and beyond. As such there is need to enhance the capacity of the community dwellers to adapting and coping with the negative impacts of climate change.
The overall goal of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of farmers in Katsina Ala and Buruku to increasing rainfall variability by enhancing their capacity to plan for and respond effectively to Climate Change impacts on food security.

The specific objectives of the project are:
1. Improve knowledge and capacity of local farmers to reduce climate risks associated with rainfall variability and their impact on community livelihoods and food security .
2. Provide alternative income generating activities to community dwellers to diversify their economic livelihood activities as means of addressing vulnerability to climate change.
3. Engage in practical hands on demonstration on production of low fuel wood efficiency wood stove as means of curtailing the loss of natural vegetation.
Activities which will be aimed at addressing the challenges in the communities include:
i. Pre contact, identification of lead farmers in the target communities and formation of a project implementation and monitoring team.
ii. 2 days training on improving the management of land and water resources and assessment of climate risk under different land use scenarios
iii. 1 day Hands on practical demonstration activity on Crop management to better adapt to climate-change induced rainfall (and temperature) variability, causing extreme weather events in each community.
iv. 1 day practical training and demonstration on Farmer- Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) to decrease land degradation, increase natural water retention and reduce erosion in each community.
v. 1 day Practical demonstration and training on the production of fuel wood efficiency wood stove in each community .
vi. 1 day training and demonstration on the development of alternative income generating activities in each project location


Findings from the project target community show that the rural dwellers are witnessing a reduction in productivity in their livelihood activities (farming and fishing) and as such are heavily dependent on products from the forest especially wood to support their well being. The reductions in the volume of water resulting from climate change have further compounded the livelihood issues of the community dwellers. In search for increased outputs from their farming activities, community dwellers have relied more on government assistance for fertilizers and other inorganic agro chemicals. This has however yielded little positive results as land within the area has been massively degraded due to unsustainable practices alongside climate change. Future projections of climate change shows that the negative impacts of climate change would be more severe in the project location and beyond. As such there is need to enhance the capacity of the community dwellers to adapting and coping with the negative impacts of climate change.
The overall goal of the project is to reduce the vulnerability of farmers in Katsina Ala and Buruku to increasing rainfall variability by enhancing their capacity to plan for and respond effectively to Climate Change impacts on food security.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Gender and Environmental Risk Initiative
Country:
Nigeria
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 33,925.00
Project Number:
NGA/SGP/OP5/Y3/STAR/CC/15/19
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
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Mrs. Elizabeth Jeyol
 

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Mrs Ibironke Olubamise
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Ms Rose Agbo
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