Evaluation of Women Farmers’ Perception of the Impact of Women-in-Agriculture Programme on Yield, Income and Decision-making Power in Southeastern Nigeria

Authors

  • J Ajah Department of Agricultural Economics/Extension, University of Abuja, Abuja

Keywords:

contact women farmers, income, yield, decision-making power, WIA

Abstract

One of the reasons that necessitated the establishment of Women-in-Agriculture (WIA) Programme in 1989 was the perception that womenfarmers were not having adequate access to extension servicescompared to their male counterparts. Feminists argued that theinadequate access to extension services resulted in women farmershaving poor farm yields, income, and decision-making power on what toproduce. With the institutionalization of WIA programme since 1989, thestudy was conducted to evaluate the impact of the programme on womenfarmers’ yield, income and decision-making power. Multi-stage samplingtechnique was adopted for sample selection while semi-structuredquestionnaires were used for data collection. Data collected from 225contact women farmers were analyzed using Analysis of Variance(ANOVA) and tested at 5% level. Mean separation was equally done withFisher Least Significant Difference (FLSD). Generally, the grand meanperceptional value (4.21) indicated that women farmers perceived positivechanges in their farm yields, income and decision-making power becauseof the influence of WIA Programme. Analysis of Variance on pooled dataindicated that women farmers perceived significant differences (P < 0 .05)in the changes in yield, income and decision-making power. The result,as well, showed that women farmers in the different State’s agriculturalzones in Southeastern Nigeria perceived significant differences (P < 0.05)in the changes in yield, income and decision-making power. Meanseparation results showed that women farmers perceived the impactmore on yield with perceptual mean value of 4.38a. It also revealed thatwomen farmers in Oji agricultural zone in Enugu State had the highestimpact in the Southeastern Nigeria with mean perceptional value of 4.61a.Based on the results, the paper strongly recommended that theimplementers of the programme should be highly motivated in order toguarantee the sustainability of the programme for agriculturaldevelopment.

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Published

2010-12-01

How to Cite

Ajah, J. (2010). Evaluation of Women Farmers’ Perception of the Impact of Women-in-Agriculture Programme on Yield, Income and Decision-making Power in Southeastern Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 14(2). Retrieved from https://journal.aesonnigeria.org/index.php/jae/article/view/175

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General Extension and Teaching Methods