Gendered vulnerabilities to climate change and farmers’ adaptation responses in Kwara and Nassarawa States, Nigeria

Ayansina Ayanlade, Isaac Ayo Oluwatimilehin, Oluwatoyin Seun Ayanlade , Olajumoke Adeyeye, Sa’adatu Abatemi-Usman

This study examines gender vulnerabilities and responsive strategies to climate change, comparing evidences from Kwara and Nassarawa States in Nigeria. Changes in climate parameters, gender-based perceptions of climate, as well as gender-based response and adaptation practices were assessed in accordance with specific research objectives. A total of 200 participants were surveyed through a mixed method approach using 41 years of climate data. Semi-structured questionnaires were administered equally in the two States and 52 in-depth interviews were conducted within male and female farmers that were 40 years and above age using a purposive sampling method. Results from Nassarawa State showed a downward trend in rainfall and an upward trend in both minimum and maximum temperatures. The farmers perceived climate change differently, with observed changes in climate variables: temperature and precipitation, resulting in extreme floods, drought, and rainfall onset and leading to varying adaptation practices. The study concluded that gender plays a significant role in the adoption of adaptation practices in the agricultural sector and that males often have more access to resources and decision-making power in farming as the heads of households. There is a need for better gender-sensitive approaches to adaptation planning and implementation to ensure that both men and women have equal opportunities to benefit from adaptation options in agriculture.

Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung
Externe Organisation(en)
Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Kentucky, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
ÖFOS 2012
507002 Bevölkerungsgeographie
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Arts and Humanities(all), Social Sciences(all), Psychology(all), Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all), Business, Management and Accounting(all)
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG 13 – Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
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