Increasing temperature, erratic rainfall, and other extreme events, such as floods and droughts, pose severe threats to development in Nigeria. Climate change will have significant adverse impacts on crop production and livelihoods, making the country’s poor and disadvantaged people even more vulnerable. It is imperative that the impact of relevant climate science on agricultural production be considered, together with important cross-cutting issues that influence agricultural growth, poverty alleviation, and climate resilience—especially gender and nutrition—if the goals of Feed the Future and the Global Food Security Strategy are to be achieved. This policy note summarizes assessments of these interlinkages in the Nigerian context under GCAN.
During a week-long visit in Nigeria in May 2017, the GCAN team presented key climate-gender-nutrition linkages to the USAID Mission. Productive discussions took place between the GCAN team and USAID Mission staff on priorities and potential research topics that would inform USAID's programming in Nigeria. The GCAN team also helped the mission with the Climate Risk Screening and Management of their different activities. GCAN presentation to Nigeria USAID mission - slide deck
USAID/West Africa‘s overarching Feed the Future goal is to assist countries in West Africa in achieving MDG 1, Eradicating Hunger and Extreme Poverty. Although Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy, its most populous country and largest democracy, and a major oil exporter, Nigeria must overcome daunting development challenges if it is to fulfill its significant potential.