Olaleye and Agbeja
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (2), pp. 075-082, March 2014.
Manuscript Number: 012014050
Gender Control in Forest Product Value-Chain in Rivers and Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Olaleye S. M.1* and Agbeja B. O.2
1Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
2Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, University of Port Harcourt, Choba,
Rivers State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: sele.olaleye @ yahoo. com
Products (FPs) are numerous and exhaustive processing of
some species adds to the number of utilization. Apart from
timber, non-timber forest products have the potential to
increase under innovative modifications and introduces
small-scale enterprises (SSE) from the point of collection,
through the value-chain channel and finally to the end-users
(consumers). This study was carried out to examine the
impact of gender in selected FPs with a view to creating a
paradigm shift in gender control (GC) and value-chain
adjustment in forest conservation, harvesting, processing,
marketing and consumption of FPs in Bayelsa and Rivers
The result reveals that the more the married females and investors in a particular state the less the GC activities in FPs. Respondents between ages 20 and 59 and high level of education resulted to less GC commitment than younger or older ones with low level of education. More so, results revealed that frequent involvement of females in fruit and vegetable FPs are likely to discourage GC activities. The control of gender also shows that medicinal plant and crafts would offer positive and innovative mechanism to sustainability of livelihood and forest management. In Rivers, females dominate in handling of fruit and vegetable FPs while in Bayelsa, there was no gender restriction. In some FPs, children are a set of gender due to adult sentiments to distribution. In addition household, musical and fishing crafts were products from choice of FPs.
Gender control in value-chain activities encourages SSE and innovation. Forest extension education would enhance efficiency.
Keywords: Value, control, processing, crafts, Bayelsa, small enterprise, extension education.
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