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INFLUENCE OF FARMERS’ EDUCATION ON THEIR SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS, VULNERABILITY AND CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOKOTO STATE, NIGERIA

Authors: Lawal, N. I., Abdulhamid, A., Yaduma, P. S., Udoh, M.

Journal Article | Publish Date: 01/December/2020

Abstract


Abstract The study assessed the influence of farmers’ education on their vulnerability and adaptation to climate change for improved agricultural production in Sokoto State. The study had 3 research questions and 2 null hypotheses as guide. The research design adopted for the study was descriptive survey. The population of the study was 15,000 contact farmers from Sokoto State and 379 farmers were selected as sample using multistage sampling technique. The instrument used in the study was a structured questionnaire with a 4-point Likert type rating scales. It was validated by experts and subjected to reliability check. A Cronbach alpha coefficient of 0.84 was obtained. Descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions. The two null hypotheses were tested using Simple Regression Analysis at 0.05 level of significance. It was found that there is significant positive influence of Farmer education on their vulnerability to climate change in Sokoto State. The study concluded that farmers’ education influences their choice of coping strategies to climate change and the adaptation measures to be employed. The study recommended among others that farmers should be trained on the coping strategies to mitigate climate change impact for increased agricultural productivity. Keywords: Farmers’ Education, Socio-Economic Characteristics, vulnerability, Climate change.

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