Effects of Gender and Other Factors on Agricultural Commercialization in Peri-urban and Rural Cassava Farms of Rivers State, Nigeria

The study was designed to investigate into the level of cassava commercialization, extent of gender effects and other
factors on household commercialization index (HCI) of cassava in both rural and peri-urban areas of Rivers State, Nigeria. The study
used a stratified random sampling technique to select 50 cassava farmers each from Etche and Ekwerre LGAs of the state (i.e. 100
farmers in all). A set of structured questionnaire and interview schedule was used to retrieve information from the farmers. Data
analysis was done using descriptive statistics, Chow test and truncated regression analysis model based on Maximum Likelihood
derived from Censored Normal or TOBIT approach. It was found that significant difference exist in the HCI of rural farmers (49%)
and peri-urban (40%). The drivers of HCI varied across the areas but on the whole it was noted that gender, farm size, distance to
market, labour, farming experience, price of cassava and access to market information significantly influenced the probability of
expanding the scale of commercialization of cassava in the area. It was recommended that government and interested bodies should
give priority to women in designing and implementing cassava commercialization programmes policies that will improve farmers
access to land and also help build on capacities of the farmers to commercialize such as access to extension service, establishment of
market information service (MIS), development of market and transport infrastructure were recommended too.

Citation: 
Onoja, A. O., & Ajie, E. N. (2016). Effects of Gender and Other Factors on Agricultural Commercialization in Peri-urban and Rural Cassava Farms of Rivers State, Nigeria.
Year: 
2016
Media Type: 
Journal Article
Geographic Focus: 
Banana Cassava Cereals Gender Gender analysis Gender equity Maize Production Rice Sweet Potato Value Chain Women's Empowerment

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