International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies
Volume 3, Issue 2, 2023
Gender Issues in Crop Technology Development, Transfer and Utilization in Anambra State of Nigeria
Author(s): Enibe DO, Ezeonwurie IB, Okeke MN
Crop technology is the improved crop production techniques gained through scientific knowledge, genetic modification, invented or reinvented machinery and equipment. Crop technologies play essential roles in increasing crop productivity under appropriate transfer conditions. Crop technology is thus a component in sustainable food and nutrient securities, rural livelihoods enhancement, innovative agricultural business and agroforestry development; if various crop groups are adequately captured in policy decisions. This study of the gender issues in crop technologies development, transfer and production situations in Anambra State, Nigeria seeks to advance our knowledge of the spread of: research, extension services and production of various crop species as ways to address income generation, and food security challenges. Data were collected via survey questionnaire and a set of interview schedule and two in-depth interviews. A total of 90 respondents comprising 30 crop farmers, 30 researchers and 30 extension agents. The respondents were selected through a multi-stage sampling process. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study inter alia found that: most of the stakeholders in crop technology development and transfer were in their active age range of 31 to 50 years; production of roots and tuber crops were given greater attention by the Researchers (76.1%), Farmers (96.6%) and Extension agents (63.3%) and that lack of fund is their common problem. The study reveals that efforts to increase research, transfer and production of improved cultivars of different crop groups including legumes and mush rooms to meet sustainable development goals should be directed towards increasing the stakeholders’ fund and motivations.
Keywords: Gender Issues, Crop, Agricultural Development Project (ADP), Nigeria
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