A faculty member in the School of IT & Computing, Ms. Chioma Anadozie, says Nigeria still has tremendous prospects in agriculture if available, underutilized land is put to use optimally.
At the 6th Annual System Dynamics Conference held on November 22 to 23 at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, the Instructor of Information Systems, presented a research paper on “An Evaluation of Food Crop Production by Smallholder Farmers in Nigeria.”
The paper which was co-authored with the Dean of SITC, Dr. Mathias Fonkam, and Dr. Jean-Paul Cleron, is the first of a series of research works geared towards understanding the impact of Information and Communications Technology on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Nigeria.
Their study used a dynamic simulation model to evaluate food crop production in Nigeria.
“This is aimed at determining the country’s propensity towards food security and the possibilities of diversification to non-oil sectors. The research used system thinking principles said to be generally lacking in Nigeria’s research literature.”
In the study, the researchers used empirical data collected from Jabbilamba farmers, Girei LGA of Adamawa State to develop a dynamic simulation model capturing the structure of the current state of food crop production in Nigeria.
Ms. Anadozie said the result gave an idea of why Nigeria still relies on food importation since their findings reveal that due to limitations bordering on lack of appropriate agricultural incentives, the majority of these farmers still rely on traditional ways of farming which cannot sustainably feed the nation.
“Results of simulations showed that available land resources are underutilized and food demand exceeds food supply.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa