Ojo et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (9), pp. 643-648, September 2013.
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
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
Keywords: Gender, productivity, determinants, farmers, cowpea, Baga.
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