The practical challenges of achieving sustainable wetland agriculture in Nigeria’s Cross River basin

Emmanuel M. Akpabio (Lead / Corresponding author), Gabriel S. Umoh

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    Abstract

    The practical challenges of achieving sustainable wetland agriculture in Nigeria are examined. Three wetland communities were studied with observations, meetings, focus groups, interviews, a workshop and a review of the literature. We find that the available wetlands are greatly under-utilized due to meteorological and climate-related challenges, poor human capacities, absence of science–policy collaboration, complex land tenure regimes and a lack of supportive infrastructure. Climate change impact manifests in either excessive seasonal flooding or prolonged drought, with consequences for livelihoods. Improving the utilization and productivity of the wetlands will require strong public policies, appropriate investment, human capacity building, science–policy–society cooperation and supportive infrastructure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)83-97
    Number of pages15
    JournalWater International
    Volume46
    Issue number1
    Early online date13 Jan 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Keywords

    • climate change
    • CRB
    • indigenous practices
    • Nigeria
    • Resilient agriculture
    • wetlands

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