ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN INVOLVEMENT IN CASSAVA BASED AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AND EMERGING ISSUES FOR GENDER GENERATION STUDIES IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA.

Author(s): Eze S. O., Ebe F. E and Ibeawuchi B. O.
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 1 (2023)

ABSTRACT:

The study assessed women involvement in cassava based agricultural transformation and discussed emerging issues for gender generation studies in Imo State. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 240 women cassava based farmers. Data were collected through primary source. The analysis of the collected data was achieved with the use of descriptive statistics, budgetary and factor analyses. The findings of the study showed that majority of the women were married and within the ages of 31-50 years. Most of the respondents were literate and had 11-20 years of experience in cassava production but were smallholder farmers. Most of them planted cassava between January and June and maintained 60cm x 60cm planting space. The finding further showed that the cassava production was profitable with net farm income of N224,600.00 and return on investment of 1.28. Lack of basic infrastructure, inadequate institutional support and poor attitude of farmers were identified as constraints to women involvement in agricultural transformation. Emerging issues for gender generation studies discussed on cassava-based agricultural transformation were mainstreaming, extension training and contacts, as well as institutional and gender collaboration. In conclusion, effective involvement of women in cassava based agricultural transformation depends on the constraints identified and emerging issues for gender generation studies which can be addressed through provision of improved technologies for enhancement of agricultural transformation and facilitation of food security. The study recommended that government should encourage extension training for the women groups and make provision for improved inputs and institutional support for the production of the cassava.

KEYWORDS:

Women Involvement, Agricultural Transformation, Gender Generation Studies, Imo State.