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Ojo et al

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (9), pp. 643-648, September 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 072313746

 

Determinants of Gender Productivity among Smallholder Cowpea Farmers in Baga, Kukawa Local Government of Borno State

 

*Ojo C. O., Nwosu C. N. and Omeje J. E.

 

Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.

 

*Corresponding Author’s Email: nickatie2003 @ yahoo.com, Telephone: 2348059217709


Abstract:

This study was carried out to investigate the determinants of gender productivity among smallholder cowpea farmers in Baga, Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria. A random sample of 70 respondents comprising 35 male and 35 female cowpea farmers were the source of data for the study. Descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis were used for the data analysis. The results showed that most respondents were smallholders with about 80% and 86% of male and female respondents respectively having less than 5 ha of farm land. About 74.3% of the male and 71.4% of the female were above the age of 40 years while 74.3% of the male and 82.9% of the female respondents were educated to various levels of schooling. Mean input per hectare used by men exceeded the input used by women and the average output per hectare of the men (1220Kg) exceeded that of the women (1050Kg). Farm size, seed and labor were significant determinants of cowpea production among both men and women respondents. It was recommended that women in the area be given more access to production inputs through grants or loans in cash and kind to help them improve their cowpea production output.
 
Keywords: Gender, productivity, determinants, farmers, cowpea, Baga.

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