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The aftermath of the 1972-74 drought in Nigeria

Abstract

The Aftermath of the 1972-74 Drought in Nigeria is concerned with solutions to the problems associated with droughts. Case studies on small-farmers responses and attitudes to drought are included and a recurrent theme is the need to use these skills to encourage self reliance at the farm and village levels. Trees, particularly as shelter-belts are advocated, as in the provision of supplementary feed reserves for livestock. The use of groundwater as a drought reserve is discussed. A large section is devoted to the description of completed or projected irrigation schemes. Drought forecasting is briefly covered and the planning aspects of drought preparedness viewed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Finally two valuable papers discuss the long-term storage of grain, one at national level and one at village level. The reviewer suggests that large-scale irrigation schemes will prove to be very expensive and will be less effective than low-technology, low water-use, low-cost development designed to supplement inadequate rainfall; i.e., life-saving irrigation. In addition, the book failed to adequately discuss the importance of providing small-scale farmers with the information that would maximize production, insure long-term storage and a guaranteed market at a reasonable price.
Authors:
van Apeldoorn, G J [1] 
  1. ed.
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1976
Product Type:
Book
Reference Number:
EDB-91-053241
Resource Relation:
Other Information: From review by N.M. Fisher, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, in Savanna, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jun 1979)
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; AFRICA; DROUGHTS; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; AGRICULTURE; ANIMAL FEEDS; APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY; EMERGENCY PLANS; FORECASTING; GROUND WATER; IRRIGATION; PLANNING; RESOURCE CONSERVATION; TECHNOLOGY UTILIZATION; TREES; FOOD; HYDROGEN COMPOUNDS; INDUSTRY; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PLANTS; WATER; 540110*; 290200 - Energy Planning & Policy- Economics & Sociology
OSTI ID:
6104422
Country of Origin:
Nigeria
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
JMT
Size:
Pages: (246 p)
Announcement Date:
May 13, 2001

Citation Formats

van Apeldoorn, G J. The aftermath of the 1972-74 drought in Nigeria. Nigeria: N. p., 1976. Web.
van Apeldoorn, G J. The aftermath of the 1972-74 drought in Nigeria. Nigeria.
van Apeldoorn, G J. 1976. "The aftermath of the 1972-74 drought in Nigeria." Nigeria.
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title = {The aftermath of the 1972-74 drought in Nigeria}
author = {van Apeldoorn, G J}
abstractNote = {The Aftermath of the 1972-74 Drought in Nigeria is concerned with solutions to the problems associated with droughts. Case studies on small-farmers responses and attitudes to drought are included and a recurrent theme is the need to use these skills to encourage self reliance at the farm and village levels. Trees, particularly as shelter-belts are advocated, as in the provision of supplementary feed reserves for livestock. The use of groundwater as a drought reserve is discussed. A large section is devoted to the description of completed or projected irrigation schemes. Drought forecasting is briefly covered and the planning aspects of drought preparedness viewed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Finally two valuable papers discuss the long-term storage of grain, one at national level and one at village level. The reviewer suggests that large-scale irrigation schemes will prove to be very expensive and will be less effective than low-technology, low water-use, low-cost development designed to supplement inadequate rainfall; i.e., life-saving irrigation. In addition, the book failed to adequately discuss the importance of providing small-scale farmers with the information that would maximize production, insure long-term storage and a guaranteed market at a reasonable price.}
place = {Nigeria}
year = {1976}
month = {Jan}
}