Climate Advocacy

Nigeria is considered 58th most vulnerable and the 22nd least ready nation to adapt to the threats of climate change. Vulnerabilities include exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. An estimated 25% of Nigerians live in the exposed coastal region – a hub for economic activity and source of 90% of foreign income.

Poor governance and minimal stakeholder engagement have remained the biggest challenges to climate readiness in Nigeria. Many key stakeholders lack awareness and understanding of the impacts of climate change on food security and the imperative for resilience. Government has also been unable to galvanize public and private stakeholders around a framework for climate resilient agriculture.

Responding to climate threats requires collective action. Government must provide leadership by creating and championing a framework with clear goals, roles and responsibilities. Platforms for engagement are required to achieve climate readiness, improve decision making, develop strategies and ensure implementation.

With the success of Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis, and Swallow: Food Security in Nigeria’s Changing Climate, the Foundation has raised the profile of national and international discourse, drawing crucial attention to what is now a crisis for many Nigerian communities.

Swallow: Food Security in Nigeria’s Changing Climate

Swallow explores challenges to food security resulting from our changing climate, inadequate infrastructure and traditional agricultural practices. From the declining number of fish in the Niger Delta to underweight cattle in the north and insufficient rice, wheat and vegetables, the way we feed ourselves is not sustainable. We do not grow, breed or use the land efficiently enough to support our ever-growing population.  

Supported by the European Union and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the film features inspiring stories to galvanize Nigerians to address challenges, opportunities and solutions to our food security.

Food Security Infographic Report

The threat of climate change to Nigeria’s economy and food systems is compounding Nigeria’s fragility risks. Deteriorating crop yields and poor agricultural capacity continue to fuel a growing dependency on food imports. With its estimated population of 180 million projected to balloon to 400 million by 2050, Nigeria’s food security challenge requires urgent attention in order to avert a major food crisis.  Download Report

Hausa Translation

Igbo Translation

Yoruba Translation

Pidgin Translation

French Subtitles

Translated versions of Swallow were broadcast on 37 local television stations and reached an estimated 25 million viewers.

International Screenings

S & D Africa Week, 2018

Nigerian Embassy, Brussels, 2018

EU International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), 2018

Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, 2019

BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 2019

University of Oxford, London, 2019

Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN, New York, 2019


National Screenings

Silverbird Galleria, Lagos

Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta

Novotel Hotel, Port Harcourt

Ibis Royal Hotel, Owerri

Gusau Institute, Kaduna

American University of Nigeria, Yola

Igbinedion University, Okada

Nasarawa State University, Keffi

Lagos Business School, Lagos

Public Policy Forum

The event addressed and explored solutions to the compounding effects of climate change on food security and land conflict in Nigeria.