ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN IRRIGATED      AGRICULTURE:A CASE STUDY OF OYO STATE,NIGERIA.                      ...
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Assessment of women’s participation in irrigated agriculture: A case study of Oyo State, Nigeria - Alade, O.A, Amao E.A and Eniola P.O, Department of Agricultural Technology, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Nigeria

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Assessment of women’s participation in irrigated agriculture: A case study of Oyo State, Nigeria - Alade, O.A, Amao E.A and Eniola P.O, Department of Agricultural Technology, The Polytechnic Ibadan, Nigeria

  1. 1. ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN IRRIGATED  AGRICULTURE:A CASE STUDY OF OYO STATE,NIGERIA. BY  ALADE O.A,AMAO E.A AND ENIOLA P.O DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY, THE POLYTECHNIC IBADAN,OYO STATE,NIGERIA.  aladeoluwaseun@yahoo.comIntroduction Objectives•Women’s role in agriculture(32% GDP,70%  Socio‐economic  characteristicscontribution to food growth). Types of crop grown•Little or no access to land, water, fertilizer for  Activities during irrigation practiceswomen in irrigated agriculture as compared  Effects of irrigation on women’s livelihoodto men. Constraints in irrigated agriculture•Climate change is posing a threat to agricultural production, irrigation stands as a way out. Results•Limiting women’s access to productive  76.7% are married.agricultural resources  has caused a shift in  Women have no water pumps and personal gender relations. lands. Crops grown are  amaranths,tomatoes,cochorus,okra,celosia Methods garden egg. Study Area: Oyo State, Nigeria Highly participates in  Sampling Technique: Random Sampling planting,weeding,marketing,processing and  Sampling Procedure:30 women from  the 4  storage of crops.irrigation centers in OYSADEP Effects on livelihood‐increases income, food  Sampling size:120 respondents production ,food security and relieves men  Statistics: Descriptive(frequencies, financial burden.Charts),Inferential (chi‐square). Problems faced are: Lack of reliable water source and storage Lack of modern irrigation facilities No credit facilities/loans. Political marginalization. Level of Education 13.3% 3.3% No formal education Primary education Secondary education 23.3% 60.0% Tertiary education Conclusions Simple modern irrigation facilities such as sprinklers, water pumps and rain‐water  harvesters should be provided for women irrigators. Credits/loans should be made available through agricultural banks. Farm inputs especially fertilizers should be distributed to women farmers to maintain  gender balance.

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