Determinants of Farmers’ Adoption of Sasakawa Global 2000 Cassava-Maize Intercrop Technologies in Abia State, Nigeria


  • Chioma Udo Nwaobiala Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State


Determinants. Sasakawa, Adoption and cassava-maize intercrop


This study assessed adoption of Cassava-Maize intercrop technologies of Sasakawa Global 2000 African Agronomy Initiative among farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. Multistage random sampling procedure was used to select sixty (60) cassava farmers for the study. Data were collected with a structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (Multiple and Pearson product moment correlation analyses). Result showed that 55.3% were males with mean age of 42.4 years, 46.6% acquired secondary education, had mean farming experience of 12.9 years, household size of 12 persons, mean farm size of 1.3 hectares, fortnightly contact with extension services (68.3%) and mean annual farm income of N291, 774.00. Farm visits (100%) were majorly used in disseminating these technologies to farmers. Farmers had favourable perception ( 3.0) of Sasakawa cassava-maize intercrop technologies.  Multiple regression result showed that coefficients of household size (3.593), education (2.8324), farming experience (2.8260), farm income (2.6243), farm size (-2.7001) and coefficient for extension contact (2.8227) influenced farmers’ adoption of Sasakawa cassava-maize intercrop technologies in the study area. The study therefore recommended promotion of human capacity and technical assistance to extension agents for effective dissemination and adoption of these technologies by farmers in the study area.

Author Biography

Chioma Udo Nwaobiala, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State

Department of Rural Sociology and Extension. Senior Lecturer


Abdulmumini, U., Norsida, M., Nur, B. M. H. & Nitty, H. K. (2022). Rural women farmers’ participation in planning and implementation of agricultural practices in Northern eastern Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(1):82-87.

Abia State Planning Commission (ASPC) (2006). Abia State Economic Empowerment Development Strategy Report.

Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) (2017). Report on FMARD/SASAKAWA/ADP Partnership (SAA/SG2000) and African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI), May 16, 2017.

Alalade, O.A., Iyilade, A.O, Longe, M.A., Blessing, A.S. & Alokan, A. O. (2020). Factors influencing adoption of sustainable soil and water conservation practices among smallholder farmers in Kwara State, Nigeria. 24(4):113-121.

Alfred, S. D. Y., Olayinka, O. M. & Adebowale, B. O. (2019).Youths perception towards Youth Commercial Agriculture Development (YCAD) programme in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 28th Annual National Congress of the Rural Sociological Association of Nigeria (RuSAN) held at held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Between 7 and 11 October, Pp.76–78.

Ali, E. B. Awuni, J.A & Danso-Abbeam, G. (2018), Determinants of fertilizer adoption among smallholder’s cocoa farmers in the Western Region of Ghana, Cogent Food and Agriculture, 4:1, 1538589.

Amadi, G., Ezeh, C. I. & Okoye, B. C. (2019). Analysis of gender role in cassava production among small scale farmers in Imo State, Nigeria. Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 50(1):68 -76.

Bala, J., Abdulkarim, H. Y., Yahaya, M. M. & Yahaya, M. M. (2020). Impact of adoption of the new rice for Africa I on farmers yield in Gombe State, Nigeria. 24(4):72-81.

Declaro-Ruedas, M. Y. A. (2019). Technology transfer modalities utilized by agricultural extension workers in organic agriculture in Philippines. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 23(3):75- 83.

Faleke, S. A., Nabueze, G. O. & Buhari, H. L. (2021). Benefits of the West African productivity Programme on fish folks in Kainji lake basin. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(1):1-9.

Ikuerowo, J. O. & Tehinloju, O. A. (2021). Factors influencing arable crop farmers’ willingness to adopt bio-organic technology in Ondo State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 25(1):16-26.

Jamilu, A.A., Abdul-Aziz, H., A. K. Jafaru., B. M. Sani & Abudu, S. (2014). Factors influencing the adoption of Sasakawa Global 2000 maize production technologies among smallholder farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 18(1):64-72.

Kathuri, S.T., Ndirangu, S. N. and Gichimu, B. (2021). Adoption of banana (Musa spp) production technologies among small scale farmers in Embu West Sub-county, Kenya. 25(4):109-118.

Kulyakwave, P. D., Shiwei, Xu, Wen, Yu. Sar, S. & Muyobozi, S. (2021). Reliability of the agricultural extension and technological services among rice farmers in the rural areas of Tanzania. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 25(2):18 – 31.

Montoeli, A. R, (2022). Factors influencing farmers’ participation in fish production in Lesotho. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(2):34-43.

National Population Commission (NPC), 2020). Estimated population figures for Abia State, Nigeria.

National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) (2019). Annual report on cassava production, Vol. 12 Pp. 7.

Nwachukwu, C. C. & Nnwaobiala, C. U. (2020). Analysis of Technology Transfer of the Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato Varieties to Farmers in Abia State, Nigeria. The Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 51(3):71 – 80.

Nwaobiala, C. U. (2018). Farmers’ adoption of cassava agronomic practices and intercrop technologies in Abia and Imo States, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 22(2):82 - 96.

Obar, E. E. & Adekoya, A. E. (2022). Sustainability likelihood of community and social development project in southern Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(1):88 – 103.

Odoemenam, S. E., Ifenkwe, G. E. & Nwaobiala, C. U. (2020). Effect of adoption of cocoa technologies among participants and non – participants of farmer field school in Abia State, Nigeria. Journal of Community and Communication Research (JCCR), 5(1):160 – 167.

Oladele, I. (2021). Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education: A review of demand-driven agricultural extension education in Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 25(1): 79 – 89.

Olarinde, L., Ogunniyi, L., Adio, M., Fanifosi, G. & Akanbi, E. (2020). Determinants of adoption of crop production practices: Evidence from some FADAMA Agriculture Development communities in South-Western Nigeria. Journal of X’ an Shiyou University, Natural Science Edition, 16(9):52 – 80.

Olorunfemi, O. D. (2018). Perceived effects of professionalization of extension services on delivery by private and public agents in south western Nigeria. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, North West University, South Africa.

Olorunfemi, T. O., Olorunfemi, O. D. & Oladele, (2020). Determinants of the involvement of extension agents in disseminating climate smart agricultural initiatives: Implication for scaling up. Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences, 19(4):285-292.

Omoteshom K. F., Adesiji, G. B., Akanbi, S.O., Awoyemi, A. O. and Ekwemuka, J. (2019). Adoption of agricultural entrepreneurship skills among arable crop farmers in Kwara State, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife and Environment 11(2):178 – 186.

Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) (2020). Sasakawa Africa Association Strategic plan 2017-2023

Shehu, A., Kdafur, M.I. & Idris, Y. L. (2020). Adoption of improved maize varieties in northern guinea savannah of Borno State, Nigeria. 24(1):34 – 41.

Ubeh, C. C. & Nwaobiala, C. U. (2020). Analysis of factors influencing Fadama Farmers’ decision to adopt rice production technologies in Enugu State, Nigeria. Taraba Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(1):1– 8.

Ullah, A. Khan, D. Zheng, S. & Ali, U. (2018). Factors affecting the adoption of improved cultivars: A case of peach farmers in Pakistan: Ci?ncia Rural, Santa Maria.48(11):2-11.




How to Cite

Nwaobiala, C. U. (2022). Determinants of Farmers’ Adoption of Sasakawa Global 2000 Cassava-Maize Intercrop Technologies in Abia State, Nigeria . Journal of Agricultural Extension, 26(4), 11–22. Retrieved from



General Extension and Teaching Methods