Rainfall variability is a global phenomenon. Its impact on agricultural activities in the developing countries has been increasing. Higher temperature and decreasing precipitation depresses crop yields. This is particularly true in low-income countries where adaptive capacities are perceived to be low. The vulnerability of poor countries could be due to weak institutional capacity, limited engagement in environmental and adaptation issues, and lack of validation of local knowledge. A better understanding of the local dimensions of vulnerability is therefore essential to develop appropriate adaptation measures that can mitigate these adverse consequences. The main aim of this study was to identify the determinants of smallholder farmers? choice of adaptation strategies and identify and analyse the adaptation strategies used by smallholder farmers in response to rainfall variability in Kirfi Local Government Area. Both primary and secondary data sources were used for this study. The results from the regression analysis showed that access to climate information, years of farming experience, respondents? perceptions on changing climate, level of educationhave significant and positive impact on rainfall variability adaptation strategies.The study was concluded with recommendation that policies aimed at promoting farm-level adaptation need to emphasize on the crucial role of providing information on better production techniques and enhancing farmers? awareness on rainfall variability to enable farmers adapt to impact of rainfall variability.
Smallholder Farmers, Adaptation Strategies, Rainfall Variability
Aminu Bara Adamu "AN IN-DEPTH APPRAISAL OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS ADAPTATION STRATEGIES TO RAINFALL VARIABILITY IN KIRFI LGA BAUCHI STATE" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 2 Issue 8 2019 Page 14-22
Aminu Bara Adamu "AN IN-DEPTH APPRAISAL OF SMALLHOLDER FARMERS ADAPTATION STRATEGIES TO RAINFALL VARIABILITY IN KIRFI LGA BAUCHI STATE" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 2(8)