Environmental impact of agricultural production practices in the savannas of northern Nigeria
Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
TSBF-CIAT, c/o World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), UN Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya; Department of Bioproduction Science, Faculty of Bioresources, Ishikwa Prefectural University, 1-308 Suematsu, Nonoichicho, Ishikawagun, Ishikawa, 921-8836, Japan; School of Environment and Earth Sciences, Maseno University, P.M.B., Maseno, Kenya
The study highlights the salient agricultural production practices that impact on the environment in the savannas of northern Nigeria. Due to population pressure on land and the need to maintain household food supplies farmers have increased their land-use intensity and natural resources extraction practices that degrade the environment. Some agricultural production practices were, however, found to be environmental friendly. The study recommends remedial measures that have to be taken to avert agricultural production practices that predispose farmers to practices and extractive activities that undermine the environment.