African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6576

Full Length Research Paper

Impacts of flooding on coastal fishing folks and risk adaptation behaviours in Epe, Lagos State

A. S. Oyekale1*, O. I. Oladele1 and F. Mukela2
1Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, North-West University Mafikeng Campus, Mmabatho, 2735 South Africa. 2Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.  
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 July 2013
  •  Published: 11 July 2013

Abstract

Climatic changes have made flooding a major environmental hazard in the coastal areas of Nigeria. This study assessed the impacts and households’ adaptation mechanisms in Epe Division of Lagos State. Data obtained from some fishing folks were subjected to descriptive, Probit regression and Tobit regressions analytical methods. The results show that the adverse impacts of flooding reduce with ability to migrate, monthly income and possession of other secondary occupations. The females, educated and rich among the fishing folks are willing to pay significantly higher amounts on insurance against flooding. The study recommended that efforts to address flooding should include alternative skill development, migration, offering of assistances, provision of affordable and quality health services for the treatment of malaria, cholera and dysentery and proper development of early warning signal, among other.

  

Key words: Flooding, climate change, impact, vulnerability, fishing folks.