Farmers' Perception of Climate Change Governance and Adaptation: Constraints in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

"This study appraises the perception and understanding of Niger Delta farmers of role of national governments in climate change governance in Nigeria. It also examines grassroots communities' perception of constraints to adaptation to changing climate in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to interview 400 of heads of farming households in Cross Rivers, Delta and Rivers States. Analysis of the data utilized simple descriptive statistics while the results were presented in tables, figures and charts. Two single sex focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted in each of the survey states giving a total of six FGDs. Data from the FGDs complemented the survey results. Findings of the study indicate that the major constraints to climate change adaptation by farmers in the Niger Delta are lack of information, low awareness level , irregularities of extension services, poor government attention to climate problems , inability to access available information, lack of access to improved crop varieties, ineffectiveness of indigenous methods, no subsidies on planting materials, limited knowledge on adaptation measures, low institutional capacity, and absence of government policy on climate change."