Abstract Climate variability has serious effects on the livelihood of rural people who depend on agriculture. The dependency of local people on agriculture and its significant contribution to their socio well-being makes the situation more critical. The study examined the impact of climate variability on livelihood o communities around Kamuku National Park (KNP) Birni-Gwari, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Data for the study were collected with the use of structured questionnaire administered to 280 house heads in 8 villages (Birnin-Gwari, Mando, Doka, Bugai, Dagara, Sabolayi, Kakagngi) around the Park. The result reveal that majority of the respondent had little knowledge on the cause of climate variability. They are aware of the changes in climatic variables of their areas in terms of increase in temperature, changes in rainfall pattern and intensity. The Communities perceived decline in agricultural production as a major impact of climate variability. Other impacts perceived are shortage of water for irrigation, household and animal consumption, cases of diseases in human, plant and animals, decrease in soil fertility and migration of youths. The study recommended awareness on climate variability to the communities on causes and effect of climate variability, awareness on climate variability and its impact on livelihood must be raised in the communities. People are experiencing changing climate but they don’t know the cause and consequences of it.
Key Words: Climate Variability, Impacts, Perception, Livelihood, Adaptation, Kamuku