Desertification is a major challenge for the people of the Sudano-Sahelien region. It has resulted in hunger arising from a degraded soil, absence of portable water and general poverty. Incidentally, the action of humans has been implicated as major causative factors of desertification. It is an irony that the bearers of the burden of desertification are the major causes of the problem. Zamfara state was randomly picked from among the eleven front line states for the study. Applying the Taro Yamens formula, 500 farmers comprising 50 large scale farmers and 450 small scale farmers were selected a structured questionnaire was administered on them. Using SPSS, correlation and regression analyses were applied to test the hypothesis that states that there is no significant relationship between desertification and the perception of the people. At p=0.054, we did not reject the hypothesis that states that there is no significant relationship between desertification and the perception of the people.
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] Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria
] Michael Okpala University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
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