REPORT ON RESEARCH UPTAKE WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES IN NIGERIA ORGANISED BY THE UI-NGR ON 20TH AUGUST, 2018 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The University of Ibadan Next Generation of Researchers (UI-NGR) organised a day research uptake workshop for sustainable development stakeholders in Nigeria on 20th August, 2018. The workshop which was held at the University of Ibadan Centre for Sustainable Development was attended by sixty participants from different fields such as academia, agricultural research institutes, media organisations, state departments/ministries, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), private agricultural establishments and students. The seminar themed climate change and adaptive management strategies in forest communities of Nigeria aimed at disseminating findings from the NGR research work to relevant stakeholders and also engage with them in finding enduring solutions to emerging problems faced by farmers and rural households due to climate variability and change. The NGR team and affiliate members who anchored the seminar include Drs. Olushola Fadairo, Olufolake Adelakun, Samuel Olajuyigbe, Tolulope Osayomi, Oluwaseun Adeleke and Nathaniel Olutegbe.
The programme was declared open by CESDEV Director- Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan who in his opening remarks welcomed participants to the meeting and also reiterated on the need for constant engagement between researchers and non-researchers for sustainable development to be realised. A special guest at the occasion and chair of the technical sessions- Prof. O. B. Oyesola in his opening speech emphasized on the importance of domesticating climate change adaptation technologies to suit the local environment. After the formal opening, Dr. Olushola Fadairo delivered a presentation about Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA) and NGR initiative. His presentation covered the history, structure, participating universities, value proposition, membership, research programmes and governance structure of the ESDA and NGR. He also introduced the theme of the uptake workshop and rationale behind the UI-NGR projects in the last two years.
Technical sessions featured presentations and discussions on findings from the qualitative and quantitative research work of the UI-NGR team. The presentations were jointly delivered by all the UI-NGR team members in succession after which questions and responses were received from participants. The question and answer sessions were followed by a short break which served dual purposes of allowing participants to (i) view posters on display on the NGR field activities and summary of findings and; (ii) engage in informal discussions on the NGRs presentations and project. After the break, participants were divided into four work groups to further discuss the research findings and come up with policy recommendations for ameliorating the impacts of climate change among rural households and farming communities in Nigeria.
Key recommendations from the work groups include developing localised animal grazing system in collaboration with state governments to reduce climate-induced conflict, efficient water conservation, promotion of irrigated farming and the adjustment of planting season calendar in agricultural text materials used for students’ training. The workshop utilised use of power points, research posters, fact-sheets, brainstorming sessions and group discussions for achieving its aims. Participants commended the UI-NGR for organising the workshop and promised to step down the gains of the workshop to their colleagues for wider impact. The programme came to an end with a concluding remark and vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Samuel Olajuyigbe. Notable outcomes that may be singled out from the workshop include reportage of the event in four widely circulated national newspapers and a draft policy brief document. The following are links to the news on the event: