Ogun State Govt And German Company, Giz-Sedin Join Force To Tackle Climate Change
BY SALAWU ADEBUKOLA JOSEPHINE
The Government of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria and a German company, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have come together to tackle climate change in the state, especially as it affects agriculture.
Speaking at a one-day workshop with the theme: “Climate Change Effect On Cassava Production & Processing”, held in Abeokuta, the state capital, Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina stressed the need for sustainable agriculture to meet the increasing food demand of Nigeria’s growing population, through climate change mitigation.
The one-day workshop was organised on the effect of climate change on cassava production and the processing value chain.
Odedina said: “To ensure food security, we need to understand the climatic changes around us and how it affects agricultural productivity and rural livelihood,” adding that climate change and global warming is the current global problem many countries are facing.
Also, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), representative and Head of Component, Local Economic and Value Chains Development for GIZ-SEDIN, Mrs. Sina Uti-Wasiri, said the objective of the GIZ intervention is aimed at supporting implementation partner in improving the employment and income situation of MSMEs.
She noted that the programme cooperates with partners at the federal, state and local government levels, saying Ogun State GIZ is supporting the cassava processing and ICT/E Commerce Value Chains in its value chains component.
She said other intervention areas include access to financial services, building financial competencies, enabling a business environment, supporting business development and promoting entrepreneurship.
Also speaking, Mrs. Kehinde Jokotoye, Programme Director, Ogun State Cassava Revolution Programme, said climate change is an altercation of weather conditions over a long period of time, noting that rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and wind are parts of climate change.
Mrs. Jokotoye stated that climate change, attributed directly or indirectly to human activities, includes but is not limited to bush burning, deforestation, overgrazing, and indiscriminate use of pesticides and fertilisers.
“Cassava is a major food crop in the tropics, providing a basic diet for over half a billion people. It is a drought-tolerant crop capable of growing on marginal soils and this makes it one of the most important staple food crops grown and consumed in Nigeria,” Jokotoye said.