ROLE OF FARMERS’ EDUCATION IN POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION IN KWANAR ARE DAM – KATSINA STATE.

Author(s): Saleh A.¹, R. B. Bako² and M.L Suleiman
Volume/Issue: Volume 2 , Issue 1 (2022)

ABSTRACT:

The objective of this study was to investigate the role of farmers’ education in alleviating poverty through sustainable food production in a rural settlement of Katsina State – Nigeria. It provided insight on the importance of educating a farmer for improved output. It also highlights the underlying challenges being encountered by farmers in agricultural production in the study area. A structured questionnaire was administered to selected farmers to obtain information on demographic characteristics, farmers’ level of participation in irrigation activities, impact of farmer education on their productivity and other issues that are pertinent to the focus of the study. Results obtained revealed that farming is highly dominated by traditional farming system that results in lower yields. It was observed that learning new paradigms is essential to permit the incorporation of indigenous knowledge through a more holistic and multidisciplinary approaches contributes greatly towards farmers problem solving resulting in improved output and higher income. Study recommended the improved level of farmer educational attainment as being crucial to the performance of the farmers. The study concluded that educating small-scale farmers that form the bulk of farming community in Nigeria was a viable solutions to secure household food security, diversification of source of income and reduce rural poverty.

KEYWORDS:

Farmer Education, Sustainable Food Production, Food Security, Rural Poverty.