Analysis of Cassava Value Chain in Nigeria From a Pro-Poor and Gender Perspective of Farming Households in Southwest Nigeria

Apata's presentation offers a method for conducting a qualitative and quantitative study on gender issues in cassava value chains. For many, this will be a very basic introduction to value chains and qualitative and quantitative research. This presentation reviews research conducted by Apata in Southwest Nigeria on the strategies and opportunities that can increase women's participation along cassava value chains. The study was conducted among 300 cassava farmers using both qualitative and quantitative data. Apata used both a Poisson model regression and a factor analysis. Results established that 36.7% of men respondents are involved in cassava value chain processes compared to 79.3% of the women respondants. The research confirmed that men and women participate differently in the cassava value chain, with most men cassava farmers selling cassava in fresh form without adding value, while women farmers processed cassava by adding value. Women are more likely to manage their own work and capital where there are low barriers to entry and where simple, low-cost equipment is used. Apata also shows that education plays a role in cassava value chain processes; women with higher levels of education are more likely to be involved in cassava value chains than women with lower levels of education.

Apata, T. n.d. Analysis of Cassava Value Chain in Nigeria, From a Pro-Poor and Gender Perspective of Farming Households in Southwest, Nigeria. Presentation conducted for AGRODEP, n.d. Dakar: AGRODEP.
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