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Population pressure, agricultural land use and environmental sustainability in Nigeria
Madu, Ignatius Ani ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

Main titlePopulation pressure, agricultural land use and environmental sustainability in Nigeria
AuthorMadu, Ignatius Ani
InstitutionFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
No. of Pages31 S.
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KeywordsAgricultural intensification; agricultural land use; population pressure; Nigeria and spatial impacts
Classification (DDC)320 Political science
AbstractThe aim of the study is to determine the influence of population and agricultural
land use on environmental sustainability in Nigeria. This is necessitated by the fact
that decisions on the linkages between population, agriculture and environmental
sustainability in the country have often been made without empirical
underpinnings and thus without sufficient analytic rigor. To achieve the aim,
Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI) was calculated for each state of the
country and multiplicative and mediating variables of agricultural land use were
combined with demographic variables using linear regression and STIPART
models to determine the coefficients of the variables and the impacts respectively.
Thereafter, a cluster analysis was used to group the states on the basis of similarity
of the impacts and 3.20a GIS Software used to map the spatial impacts. The results
show that the southern states of the country have higher ESI scores, than the
northern states, implying that the south will be more likely to be able to preserve
valuable environmental resources effectively for the future generations. The results
also show that the regression model accounts for 66.7 % of the variation in
environmental sustainability in the country while the STIPART model indicates
that the south eastern states are experiencing the severest environmental impacts
resulting from combined effects agricultural land use and population pressure. The
pressure has however been responsible for a number of favourable responses that
have enabled the south to reap the economic advantage of rising concentrations of
production, and social benefits that result from convergence in consumption. This
explains the higher environmental sustainability in south Nigeria. The findings
underscore the need for policy commitment and support for population and
settlement reorganization and changes in landholdings in order to ensure
sustainable development and environment in the country. Appropriate
recommendations were made in this regard.
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FU DepartmentProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
Year of publication2010
Type of documentConferencepresentation
LanguageEnglish
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