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Organic agricultural practices among small holder farmers in South Western Nigeria

Organic farming represents a deliberate attempt to make the best use of local natural resources and is an environmental friendly system of farming. It relies much on ecosystem management which excludes external input, especially the synthetic ones. Ander son, Jolly and Green (2005) stated that organic farming is a production...

Policy brief/paper
Young people and Agri-food

Aspirations, opportunities and challenges
African governments, international agencies and NGOs are calling for policies which pay more attention to young people and agriculture.  This policy brief draws on research findings by Future Agricultures and asks: What are the expectations and aspirations of young rural men and women? What are the constraints and opportunities facing...
Ethiopia - Ghana - Nigeria
2013 - Future Agricultures Consortium

Conference paper
Enhancing smallholder farmers income and food security through Agricultural Research and Development in West Africa : Impact of the IAR4D in the KKM PLS

The Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) is the approach suggested by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) through the sub Saharan Africa Challenge Programme (SSA CP) to address the acknowledged shortcoming of African Agricultural Research and Development’s (ARD) failure to achieve impact on the farmer’s field. The...
Niger - Nigeria

Rebuilding West Africa’s food potential

Policies and market incentives for smallholder-inclusive food value chains
This book aims to contribute to filling an existing gap in the literature on food value chains in West Africa. It identifies good practices in value chain development and provides policy guidance to agricultural and rural development stakeholders. It is intended to be a sourcebook for decision makers, especially at...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Côte d'Ivoire - Gambia - Ghana - Guinea - Liberia - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal - Sierra Leone

Journal article
Household requirements versus profit optimization

The win-win solution strategies among small-holder farmers in South Western Nigeria
Satisfaction of household requirements and profit maximization has been the main goals of subsistence small-holder farmers in the rural communities of Nigeria. This necessitated the practice of multiple/mixed cropping of arable crops. On the contrary, a part of the National food security agenda of the Federal government is the raising...

Nature & Faune: African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development

This Issue of Nature & Faune puts forward the case of “African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development”. It carries twenty one articles contributed by different individuals, from: policy arena, conservation NGOs; the private sector; civil society groups; research and academia as well as youth groups. The United...
Gabon - Liberia - Mali - Nigeria - Somalia
2013 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
Challenges and prospects of smallholder oil palm production in Awka Agricultural Zone of Anambra State, Nigeria

The study examined the challenges and prospects of smallholder oil palm production in Awka Agricultural Zone of Anambra State. Seventy two smallholder oil palm farmers were interviewed for the purpose of eliciting information. Smallholder oil palm farmers in Awka Agricultural Zone were educated (79.2% - Senior Secondary School Certificate and...
2013 - University of Nigeria

Journal article
Poverty analysis of rice farming households

A multidimensional approach
The official measurement and analysis of poverty in Nigeria has historically relied upon the single dimension, consumption based monetary approach with little attention on multidimensional poverty assessment. This study was therefore carried out to assess the multidimensional poverty index of rice farming households in Nasarawa/Benue Rice Hub, Nigeria. The study...

Case study
Profils d'exploitations familiales d'éleveurs en Afrique de l'Ouest et en Afrique Centrale

Les 130 exploitations familiales étudiées dans 9 pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest et d'Afrique Centrale n'ont pas les mêmes caractéristiques selon qu'elles soient implantées en zone sahélienne ou en zone de savane (superficies plus grandes et meilleure sécurisation foncière, taille légèrement plus importante des familles au Sahel qu'en Savane). Ce sont des exploitations agropastorales dans...
Burkina Faso - Cameroon - Chad - Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Mali - Niger - Nigeria - Senegal
2013 - Association pour la Promotion de l'Elevage au Sahel et en Savane

Journal article
Risk management strategies utilized by small scale poultry farmers in Oyo State, Nigeria

Implications for agricultural transformation
Birds can only tolerate narrow temperature changes; therefore, poultry flocks are vulnerable to climate induced risk. This study investigated risk management strategies utilized by small scale poultry farmers in Oyo state. A total of 118 respondents were sampled using multi stage sampling procedure. Interview schedule was used to elicit perception...
2013 - University of Ibadan

Journal article
What drives technology utilization, learning and transfer in agriculture?

Lessons from Nigerian women farmers
This study examines the factors that drive technology utilisation, learning and transfer among women farmers in Nigeria. It assesses both modern and indigenous technologies used in farming activities. Three states were purposively selected from the six that comprise the South West geopolitical zone of the country. Structured questionnaire was administered...

Technical paper
Leaping & learning

Linking smallholders to markets
Over the last fifty years food production per person in Africa has grown disappointingly slowly at little more than 10%. The population of Africa is growing rapidly at an average annual rate of 2.5% and is expected to almost double by 2050 to close to two billion people. Chronic hunger...
Benin - Burkina Faso - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Mali - Mozambique - Nigeria - Senegal - South Africa - Togo - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2013 - Agriculture for Impact

Case study
Equator initiative case study series

The Smallholders Foundation Nigeria
The Smallholders Foundation promotes sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation through educational radio programmes. Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio broadcasts daily programs on agricultural management, environmental conservation, and market access, which reach over 250,000 smallholder farmers. Broadcasts are done in the local Igbo language, and reach listeners in three local government catchments...
2012 - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Conference paper
Impact of improved agricultural technology adoption on sustainable rice productivity and rural farmers’ welfare in Nigeria: A Local Average Treatment Effect (LATE) technique

This study examined the impact of improved rice varieties adoption on rice productivity and farming households’ welfare in Nigeria using a cross sectional data of 481 rice farmers drawn from three states to represent the major rice producing ecologies (Irrigated, upland and lowland) in Nigeria. Access to seed was found...
2012 - African Development Bank

Journal article
Determinants of access and farmers’ use of Information and Communication Technologies (1CTs) in Edo State, Nigeria

This study assessed determinants of farmers’ access and use of new ICTS in the study area. Data obtained from 270 respondents through multi-stage sampling technique were subjected to descriptive and logit regression analysis. The results show that GSM is the only new ICT farmers have access to (mean= 2.66) and...
2012 - University of Benin

Journal article
Availability and Use of Modern Information and Communication Technologies among Farmers in Orumba South Lga of Anambra State, Nigeria

The study ascertained the availability and use of telecommunication/computer information and communication technologies among farmers in Orumba South L.G.A of Anambra State, Nigeria. The objectives of the study were to describe the demographic characteristics of the farmers in the study area, identify Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in telecommunication/computer available...
2011 - Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

Nature & Faune: The forest sector in the green economy in Africa

The present edition highlights the significance of the forestry sector to the overall economy and its importance overall in the region’s land use, demonstrating its potential to make a difference in improving (or worsening) an economy’s green credentials. It is an important message about forestry and greenness.
Cameroon - Liberia - Nigeria - Rwanda - South Africa - Zambia - Zimbabwe
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Improving household survey instruments for understanding agricultural household adaptation to Climate Change

Water stress and variability
The Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) surveys which have collected information on many dimensions of household well-being for over 36 countries since 1980 are one of the most important data sources for informing policy making on development. The LSMS surveys have been used to assess household welfare, to understand household...
Ethiopia - Malawi - Niger - Nigeria - Uganda - United Republic of Tanzania
2011 - World Bank

Journal article
Small scale farmers' perception and adaptation to climate change in Nasarawa State of Nigeria

Climate change and severe weather events such as temperature shocks and declining rainfall often strongly impede sustainable farming development, especially where agriculture is rain fed and when other external shocks such as poverty, poor access to inputs and credit are common. This is the context in which small scale farmers...
2011 - University of Ilorin

Nature & Faune: Economic and social significance of forests for Africa’s sustainable development

The year 2011 has been proclaimed the International Year of Forests (in brief “Forests 2011”) and it is being celebrated under the theme “Forests for People”. This is truly a remarkable theme. One cannot come close to covering all of it in a single edition of Nature & Faune as...
Cameroon - Gabon - Ghana - Lesotho - Nigeria - Rwanda - South Africa - Zambia
2011 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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