A SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE TO BOOST CLIMATE RESILIENCE
Cikin Dawa is an initiative that equips farmers with skills and techniques to adapt to the changing climate while promoting eco-restoration through the practices of agroecology and agroforestry.
Agroecology reverse soil degradation through interactions among soil, plants, animals, humans and the environment within agricultural systems. It encompasses multiple dimensions of the food system, including ecological restoration, political and social stability and economic sustainability. Agroforestry can enhance livelihoods in rural communities by providing a variety of food, fodder and tree products, which increase food and nutrition security, generate income and alleviate poverty.
The restoration of degraded landscapes using agroforestry and agroecology practices can increase the resilience of communities to shocks, including drought and food shortages, and help mitigate climate change
Across regions in Nigeria, climate change has already begin to negatively affect farmers and their livelihoods. It is therefore becoming increasingly urgent to create awareness of the crisis, prepare people with the skills and knowledge to develop climate change responses, implement and scale climate change adaptation practices across regions.
Cikin Dawa recognizes that building capacity to withstand environmental changes will help farmers to build lasting climate resilience which will sustain their livelihoods and protect the environment.
THE ACTIONS WE TAKE NOW WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET
THE UNTOLD CLIMATE CRISIS
The changes in temperature amplified by global warming has affected food productivity, water availability, health and livelihoods of the African people. Over the past decades, Africa has witness intense occurrences of natural disasters like heatwaves, floods, drought and earthquakes all of which have a direct negative impact on people, the environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem. At the same time, climate change has become a major driver of migration, natural resource conflicts and extinction of some rare species.
In many communities across the Sahel and in Nigeria, water wells are drying up, crop yields are low or failing, while the rising temperatures provokes outbreak of illnesses. Regions in recent decades have been entrenched with deforestation and desert encroachment resulting to low crop yield and lack of water availability all of which attribute to the growing impacts of climate change. In recent years, there has been environmental conflicts arising as a result of cattle herders migrating from one sub-region to another in order to feed their cattle, mostly at the expense of arable lands owned by farmers. This occurrences are what is currently fueling inter-ethnic conflicts across countries. These environmental crisis threaten peace and security, food sovereignty, health and survival of people.
Perhaps the most pervasive of this all could be that even though thousands of people in hundreds of communities are going through the same tribulations of climate crisis, a high number of them have no idea why the changes are occurring. Many acknowledge that the climate has change, but have no idea why or what it means to their survival. As such people go on with their lives without taking any measure to reduce climate risk because they are not informed.