Climate Change: NIRSAL, CIAT Lead Training of Southwest Cotton Farmers

Farmers and stakeholders in the Southwest region have received extensive training on the impact of climate change on cotton production and the options for adaptation.

The two-day workshop was organised by the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Quick Projects Limited.

Themed “NIRSAL Risk Profiling for Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Programming”, the training held last Thursday and Friday in Ibadan.

According to the organisers, the training was geared towards providing critical solutions to the challenges bedeviling the value chain as regards climate change.

Coordinator of the training, Mr. Emem Akpan of Quick Projects Ltd, revealed that it sought to reinforce farmers on identifying hazards and assessing risks in the cotton value chain.

He added that training would help farmers identify underlying vulnerability factors and Identify adaptation options of climate change projections.

Some of the areas addressed included climate trends, analysis and the concept of sustainability.

Stakeholders were also trained in identifying and mapping value chain specific immediate and short, medium, and long term potential adaptation options to specific risks.

The participant worked in groups in the pre-upstream, upstream, midstream, and downstream of the cotton value chain.


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