Comparative Assessment of Male and Female Cassava Beneficiaries’ Participation in the First Phase of the Third National Fadama Additional Financing Project in Anambra State, Nigeria

In Anambra State, Nigeria, the study evaluated the involvement of male and female cassava beneficiaries in the first phase of the Third National Fadama Additional Financing programme. 120 cassava beneficiaries who took part in the project were chosen using a multi-stage sampling technique to meet the study’s objectives. Data was collected using well-structured questionnaires, and data was analysed using descriptive statistics, paired sample t-test, multiple regression analysis, and factor analysis. The study found that a greater proportion of the sampled male and female beneficiaries (60 percent and 58.3 percent, respectively) were between the active labour age of 40 and 59 years, with mean ages of 43.67 and 43.08 years. Project activities such as need assessment (x=2.65; 1st), creation of business plan (x=2.65; 2nd), and formation of production groups (x=2.63; 3rd) were mostly carried out by male respondents, while project activities such as strong linkage to financial institution (x=2.82; 1st), conflict resolution (x=2.72; 2nd), and monitoring and evaluation (x=2.67; 3rd) were mostly carried out by female respondents. In terms of access to improved farm inputs (95 percent ; 100 percent ), input disbursement (96.7 percent ; 98.3 percent ), increase in yield (93.3 percent ; 96.7 percent ), and access to facilitator (91.7 percent ; 93.3 percent ), the project beneficiaries (male and female) recorded enormous benefits from the project. According to the male beneficiaries, major agro-input constraining factors include: lack of technological know-how (0.879), lack of improved cassava stems (0.544), inadequate storage facilities (-0.481), Fadama staff’s poor attitude to work (0.792), and poor communication (0.802). Female equivalents, on the other hand, showed a high cost of inputs (0.774), As major agro-inputs constraining factors militating against their participation in the project, they cite a shortage of improved cassava stem (0.813), pest and disease incidents (-0.661), insufficient access to farmland (0.454), and insufficient electricity supply (0.460). The research also revealed that there was a major disparity in male and female involvement in the project. According to the study’s findings, constructive measures such as timely organisation and education of farmers and project staff about project objectives and goals are required prior to project start-up. As a result, the level of beneficiary involvement and project staff commitment to achieving the project goals would increase.

Author (s) Details

Nwoye, Ifeanyi Innocent
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Campus, Nigeria.

Nwalieji, Hyacinth Udeanya
Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Campus, Nigeria.

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