Year 2016, Volume 62, Issue 1

Year : 2016
Volume : 62
Issue : 1
   
Authors : Sunday Idowu OGUNJIMIA, Abiodun Oladayo AJALA
Title : PARTICIPATION OF PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE IN AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN: IMPLICATION ON FOOD SUSTAINABILITY IN NIGERIA
Abstract : This study focuses on assessing participation of physically challenged people (PCP) in agricultural value chain as a means of food sustainability in Nigeria. Specifically, it describes the socio-economic characteristics of the physically challenged people, analyzes PCP perception of agricultural value-chain as a means of income generating activities; determined their training needs as well as identified the major constraints to participation in agriculture. One hundred and five respondents that belong to physically challenged associations were interviewed through the use of structured interview schedule. Data analyses were carried out using frequency counts, percentages, mean, standard deviation and correlation. Results of the study showed that more males were found in this category compared to females, and they were of productive age. Majority was illiterate and relevant pieces of information were sourced from relatives and friends. There was a low level of participation in agricultural value chain due to negative perception to agricultural production, inadequate access to appropriate education and information, inadequate training in the area of agricultural value chain where PCP can be engaged, inappropriate technology, inadequate credit facilities and negative attitude of people to the plight of the PCP. Positive and significant correlation exists between the level of participation of PCP in agricultural value chain at p ≤ 0.05 and level of education; source of information; trainings attended and perception towards agricultural production. In conclusion, there is the need to create enabling environment that will encourage the PCP to participate in agricultural production to enhance food security and poverty alleviation.
For citation : Ogunjimia, S.I., Ajala, A.O. (2016): Participation of physically challenged people in agricultural value chain: Implication on food sustainability in Nigeria. Agriculture and Forestry, 62 (1): 165-174. DOI: 10.17707/AgricultForest.62.1.19
Keywords : Attitude, participation, perception, value-chain, physically challenged people
   
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ISSN 0554-5579 (Printed)
ISSN 1800-9492 (Online)
DOI : 10.17707/AgricultForest

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