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Nigeria needs data to address climate change impacts on agriculture – EnvAccord CEO 

The Chief Executive Officer of EnvAccord Limited, Mr. Ibrahim Salau, has said that stakeholders in Nigeria’s agricultural sector will need to collaborate on building data to tackle the impacts of climate change on the sector.  

Salau stated this on Saturday during the May edition of the Naijaonpoint Industry Outlook webinar. According to him, Nigeria’s inflation, which currently stands above 33%, is driven largely by food inflation, hence the need for food security. 

He noted that agriculture is one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change as changing weather affects yields and food production.

Salau noted that while individual organizations could generate their data to predict the weather, such would not be as effective as having a central database built by professionals that everybody can access.  

Emphasizing the need to address the challenge of climate change in Nigeria and mitigate its impacts on the agric sector, Salau said,  

Stressing the importance of information in addressing climate change issues, Salau said organizations first need to know what climate change means to them and to their business to enable them to know the right things to do.  

The EnvAccord CEO said climate insurance is now growing in Nigeria as farmers begin to realize climate change’s role in their business. Like traditional insurance, he said farmers are now able to transfer their risks to the insurance companies to guarantee their revenue irrespective of changes in weather conditions.  

Salau also cited the establishment of the National Agricultural Insurance Corporation to support farmers as an example of what the government is doing in terms of climate insurance for farmers. According to him, the Corporation ensures that farmers have access to insurance products that are tailored towards their needs.  

The Naijaonpoint Industry Outlook for May had the theme: ‘Climate Change Resilient Strategies for Businesses’. Conversations at the webinar explored how climate-induced extreme weather events disrupt supply chains for businesses in Nigeria, and proposed resilient strategies such as diversification of suppliers, stockpiling, or adoption of climate-resilient technologies.