Community-Based Management of Ecosystems and Natural Resources for the Improvement of Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in the Nigerian Savannah

Scope and Rationale: The fragile landscapes of the Nigerian savannah are impacted by climate extremes that vary from season to season and from decade to decade.  Global climate models predict that the savannah will become drier with more fragile shrub and grassland areas.  Because poor management of the fragile landscapes can exacerbate the impacts of climate change, it is crucial to identify and adopt appropriate land management techniques to provide sufficient food security and sustainable livelihoods to a growing human population. This project will provide opportunities for community participation in ecosystems management by small-scale farmers who rely on rain-fed agriculture.  The farmers will receive training and will participate in the design and implementation of adaptation techniques for sustainable land and water use in the densely settled rural savannah in western Nigeria.  Groups of community residents and opinion leaders will gain skills for implementation of adaptation techniques for the management of their fragile lands during times of climate change.

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Principal Investigator
Dr. FASONA, Mayowa Johnson, University of Lagos, NIGERIA

Dr. Fasona works for the University of Lagos in Nigeria where he teaches and researches Ecosystems Management and Vulnerabilities to Natural Resources under a changing climate.  His background in geography and remote sensing, natural resource management, and environmental change will enable him to research and communicate successful adaptation techniques for sustainable land and water use to residents in densely settled rural areas in western Nigeria.

Co-Investigators

Dr. ADENIJI, Grace, Lead University, NIGERIA

Dr. Adeniji is a lecturer with the Department of Environmental Management, Lead City University, Nigeria. She is an urban planner who will rely on her research experience in climate adaptation and environmental planning and management to conduct her portion of the research. She will study adaptation techniques for the management of water and land resources that decision makers can use to respond to climate change in western Nigeria.

Dr. OLORUNFEMI, Felix Bayode, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, NIGERIA

Dr. Olorunfemi is a research fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research and a research fellow for the Earth System Governance Project, a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Change (IHDP). He will draw on his PhD work in Geography and expertise in disaster risk management to help rural farming communities in Western Nigeria to identify and adopt appropriate land management techniques to ensure food security and develop sustainable livelihoods.

Dr. ELIAS, Peter Omu, University of Lagos, NIGERIA

Dr. Elias currently teaches in the Department of Geography, at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He received a PhD in Geography from the University of Ibadan, specializing in soils, geomorphology and land use planning. His research will support community engagement in designing and implementing farming adaptation measures in rural areas in western Nigeria.


Dr. ADEDAYO, Vide, University of Lagos, NIGERIA



Last Updated on June 7th, 2013

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