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Farmers unaware their activities trigger climate jolts

Nigerian maize and poultry farmers and traders’ activities contribute to climate change, but only 14 per cent of them realise it, a study has found.

Farming communities in Africa should be targeted in climate change education campaigns to develop their understanding of the role agriculture plays, according to scientists.

Researchers surveyed maize and poultry farmers in Nigeria to identify perceptions about the impact of their industries on climate change, which is threatening food production in the country.

The United Nations Environment Programme projects that no continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa, with between 75 and 250 million people being exposed to increased water stress in 2020 and countries’ yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50 per cent.

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