Women Involvement in Agricultural Development in Selected Rural Communities in Akoko Region, Ondo State, Nigeria

by

Abimbola A. Allen; Aladeloye, Aladesanmi Olumuyiwa
Department of Geography and
Planning Science
Adekunle Ajasin University
Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria
bimbomowo@gmail.com,

&
Olufunmilayo Tayo-Olajubutu,
Department of Guidance and Counselling
Adekunle Ajasin University
Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria

Abstract
The participation of women in agricultural development in any society cannot be over emphasized as they have the same enthusiasm with their men counterparts in terms of hard work, innovations and organization. This study investigated agricultural practices among female gender in selected communities in Akoko region. It borrowed concept of agricultural development in Nigeria and the role of women. The study engaged both primary and secondary sources of data. Primary data was obtained through the use of structured questionnaire administered to one hundred and fifty respondents drawn across the study area while the secondary data source was published data. The questionnaires items were analyzed using simple percentages. The findings revealed that women had high representation in contribution to agricultural development in Akoko region. The restrained factors included level of women literacy, patriarch nature of the society and moral belief affect women in gaining access to loan and landed property for agriculture. Based on the findings, it is recommended that there is need for allowing women access long term loan, farm inputs and the need to review the land tenure system/ occupancy of land in favour of women.

Key words: Women, farmland, agriculture, credit facilities and staple food.

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