Participation of Stakeholders in Aquaculture Value Chain of the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme in Nigeria
AbstractThe study assessed gender mainstreaming in West African Agricultural Productivity Programme in aquaculture value chain of the Kainji Lake Basin, Nigeria. A two stage sampling technique was used to select 294 value chain actors across 20 communities. Also, Pie charts, logistics regression analysis, 3 point Likert-type scale rating technique and strategic decision matrix were used to analyse primary data. The result shows that 40% of the beneficiaries of fingerlings, fish feed and fish ponds in the programme were men, 26% were women and 34% were youths. Also, 49% of the beneficiaries of improved variety of crop seeds were men, 30% were youths and 21% were women while 66% of the beneficiaries of the NIFFR-WAAPP improved smoking kilns were women, 13% were men and 21% were youths. The determinants of participation in the programme were marital status, extension visits, membership of an association and experience. Furthermore, there were moderate financial requirements (need for loan and equipment) in feed milling (2.23), fish processing (2.30) and wholesale marketing (2.02), while the financial requirement in table-size fish farming was high (2.59). There were moderate development potentials (impacts on income, employment, poverty reduction and food security) in feed milling (2.33), fish processing (2.32) and wholesale marketing (1.99), while the development potential of table-size fish farming was high (2.55). It is therefore recommended that future interventions/programmes in the value chain should make necessary provisions for the financial needs of each value chain with the adoption of backward-forward integration of women and youths in the value chain.
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