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Gender Participation in Economic Activities and Decision Making in Keffi Area of Nigeria

  • Hassan Ishaq Ibrahim

    (Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nasarawa State University Keffi, PMB 135 Shabu-Lafia Campus, Nasarawa State, Nigeria)

  • Napoleon Danbeki Saingbe

    (Department of Agricultural Extension and Management College of Agriculture, Lafia Nasarawa State, Nigeria)

  • Zubairu Ajiya Abdulkadir

    (Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nasarawa State University Keffi, PMB 135 Shabu-Lafia Campus, Nasarawa State, Nigeria)

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    The study assessed gender participation and decision making role in economicactivities using data collected from 120 respondents. The results revealed thatfemale participation was frequent in crop post-harvest activities and poultrymanagement while male participation was frequent in crop pre-harvest operationsonly. Female respondents participated occasionally in home gardening, goatrearing, hair dressing and food processing. Educational level, years of experience,personal income and credit obtained significantly influenced the level of genderparticipation in economic activities. The Males always made decisions on selectionof crop variety, spending money, saving money, buying of necessities, and children\'s education, while females always made decision on types of food forhome consumption only. Age and income of respondents were the significantfactors that influenced the level of gender involvement in decision making.Provision of credit facilities, sensitization on the importance of womeninvolvement in decision making and mobilization of farmers to form co-operativesocieties are necessary impetus for improving women participation in economicactivities and decision making.

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    Article provided by Asian Economic and Social Society in its journal Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 10-16

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    Handle: RePEc:asi:ajosrd:2012:p:10-16
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    1. Quisumbing, Agnes R., 1995. "Gender differences in agricultural productivity," FCND discussion papers 5, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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