The Importance of Education in Agricultural Self Reliance by

The Importance of Education in Agricultural Self Reliance / Published December 17, 2015 by Oghenemarho Orukele

Oghenemarho Orukele

The Importance of Education in Agricultural Self Reliance

"Life is neither static nor unchanging. With no individuality, there can be no change, no adaptation and, in an inherently changing world, any species unable to adapt is also doomed." - Jean M. Auel

As change keeps occurring in the world it is paramount that we adapt to this change in such a way that we can make the best if it. One of the biggest change we are experiencing today is climate change. Climate simply is the weather condition of a region for over a period of 35 years; as the name implies climate change is a change or pronounced difference in the climate of that region. While this doesn't sound bad, it actually is because for a very long period of time the individuals living in that region have been able to study the weather condition and design plans based on the climate; plans like when to plant and when to harvest. Unfortunately for these individuals the change is already in motion and what we can do is to study this change and find ways of adapting to this change. Around the world studies on the change are being carried out and some of the results are astonishing and have given useful information regarding agriculture.

This information is as good as useless if farmers cannot assess this information. Think about it for a moment; a farmer plants his crop ( maize for example) during the normal planting season but because of climate change his crops don't grow well due to unprecedented rainfall or lack of adequate rainfall. This would lead to low crop yield as compared to previous years. He tries planting the next planting season he is used to and the same thing happens again.

But imagine that this farmer has a means to access valuable and accurate information about new cultivation methods for maize based on the climate change in his particular region or ways of improving his crop yield or advanced pest control this would lead to an increase in the crop yield for than year. If a multiplier effect is accounted for in that region there will be an increase in crop yield thus implying that there will be enough food to feed the people on that community. So join us a we facilitate the reach of agricultural education to farmer.