Ensuring Food Security through productive and sustainable use of Land and Water in Nigeria

P.B. Adeboye, B. Schultz, K.O. Adekaly, K. Prasad

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Abstract

Human population is increasing faster than the available food and freshwater resources in many regions of the world. The world population is expected to grow to some 8 billion in 2025 and 9 billion in 2050. In many regions, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, water management systems have only been developed to a limited extent, or function significantly below their potential. There is an urgent need to scale up the agricultural production in order to meet the food needs, especially in least developed countries and poverty stricken regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa (Molden et al., 2007). Soy bean is nutritious, which is a major reason for its cultivation by the small scale farmers in Nigeria. In this respect, a study was carried out at the Teaching and Reseach farms of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. At this place, the monthly maximum temperature ranges from 28.3oC to 31.5oC while the monthly minimum temperature ranges from 22oC to 28.8oC. The Soil organic matter ranges from 2.46 % at the soil surface to 0.6% at 50 cm depth. Phosphorus content ranges from 10.27 ppm at the soil surface to 9.54 ppm at 50cm depth. The average pH is 5.8. Based on the soil analysis and weather condition at the site, the cultivation of Soy beans should be encouraged in order to ensure food sustainability in Nigeria
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICID 21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage, Tehran, Iran, 15-23 October 2011
Place of PublicationTehran
PublisherICID
Pages309-318
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventICID 21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage, Tehran, Iran -
Duration: 15 Oct 201123 Oct 2011

Conference

ConferenceICID 21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage, Tehran, Iran
Period15/10/1123/10/11

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