Responsiveness of Extension Workers to Climate Change in Anambra State, Nigeria
AbstractGiven the role agricultural extension will play in sensitizing and educating farmers on how to mitigate and adapt to climate change, the study was carried out to ascertain the responsiveness of extension workers to climate change. Fifty one extension workers proportionately selected from the four agricultural zones in the state were used for the study. Data were analyzed with percentage, mean score and factor analysis. All (100%) of the respondents had heard about climate change. On average they heard it in 2003 and noticed it in 2002.They sourced information on climate change from fellow extension workers (77.8%) and newspapers (76.6%).Only “giving reports with respect to climate or weather of the environment (58.8%) was activity occurring/undertaken by extension workers with respect to climate change. Prediction/ forecasting of weather (92.2%) was area the extension workers mostly needed training on climate change. Manpower development/training, institutional/linkage and staff incentive problems were factors constraining responsiveness of extension workers in Anambra state to climate change. The study recommends the need to acquaint extension workers with knowledge on climate change and climate related issues by including it in the programme of ADP. In this way the extension workers especially front line extension agents can educate and help farmers mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change for increased agricultural output.
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