A Media Foundation based in Cross River the Godshield Kanjal Journalism Foundation has hinted that rural farmers in the State are the worst hit by climate change in the South-South geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
The foundation said preliminary investigations and community engagement shows that lots of rural farming communities have been severely affected by climate change in 2023, but that the communities are underreported.
In a statement signed by the foundation’s CEO Godshield Kanjal, it held that “as part of our objectives to promote more reportage on environment-related issues, there is a need for the media to have on-the-spot knowledge of the impact of climate change in rural communities.
“Farmers are most hit by climate change and a large number of these farmers are in rural areas. From drought to flooding; this year has been a terrible year for farmers.”
According to the foundation, “Go to these communities and see how farms have been ravaged. These communities have no other source of livelihood apart from agriculture and since they have no alternative source of livelihood, there is a high rate of hunger, malnutrition, disease spread, and early child marriage among others.
“And since these communities are underreported, hardly the locals enjoy any form of intervention from the government or other organizations. We need to educate the locals on how to mitigate climate change and employ climate-smart agriculture techniques.”
The foundation has however resolved to collaborate with experts and other relevant organizations tackling climate change, to achieve the much-needed impact and sustainable development.