Adamawa’s vegetation is primarily savannah and its people mostly farmers. Cotton, groundnuts, maize, yam, cassava, guinea corn, millet, and rice are all grown in the state. Village communities living on the banks of the state’s rivers engage in fishing, while its Fulani population rears cattle.
The mineral resources found in the state include iron, lead, zinc and limestone.
Tertiary education institutions in the state include Modibbo Adama University of Technology in Yola, Adamawa State Polytechnic (also in Yola), and Adamawa State University in Mubi. A private university (the American University of Nigeria) is also located in Yola, as is the Federal College of Education.
The state also has a nursing and midwifery school, two vocational training schools and a college of legal studies (all located in Yola).
The Sukur Cultural Landscape was the first place in Nigeria to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The settlement dates back many centuries, and is notable for its history of iron smelting technology, flourishing trade, and strong political institutions. Its paved tracks and terraced farmlands are unique to this part of the world. Its architecture is also remarkable, in particular the Palace of the Hidi (Chief), the centre of this culture's spiritual life.
Image source: UNESCO website