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Constraints to Rural Women Involvement in Cassava Value Chain in Nigeria

Akaninyene Patrick Obot1, Obiekwe Ngozi1, Anunobi Chizoba1, Obot Elizabeth2 and Udoh Mfon 3
  • 1 Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, P.M. B 5025, Anambra State, Nigeria
  • 2 Department of Engineering, TopFaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
  • 3 Department of General Studies, TopFaith University, Mkpatak, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Abstract

Cassava is one of the fastest expanding staple food crops in cassava-consuming countries and has continued to gain prominence among farmers while the industrial demand is also rising consistently. The study was carried out with the intention of examining rural women's involvement in various cassava value chain activities and identifying the factors that hinder their active involvement in cassava value addition. The study employed descriptive statistics (frequency, percentage counts, mean, and likert scale) in the analysis. From the results obtained, more rural women were involved in the processing of cassava and marketing of the products while they really engaged families or hired labor in the planting and harvesting. The identified constraints facing the respondents were low returns (profit), lack of access to institutional credit, lack of farmland, theft, lack of storage facilities, and distance to market. The study recommended that government and the cassava industry stakeholders should support the rural women involved in the cassava value chain adequately as it would not only generate more profit for the women but also create more jobs for the youths and bring foreign exchange to the government.

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration
Volume 15 No. 1, 2023, 13-17

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajebasp.2023.13.17

Submitted On: 18 January 2023 Published On: 19 April 2023

How to Cite: Obot, A. P., Ngozi, O., Chizoba, A., Elizabeth, O. & Mfon , U. (2023). Constraints to Rural Women Involvement in Cassava Value Chain in Nigeria. American Journal of Economics and Business Administration, 15(1), 13-17. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajebasp.2023.13.17

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Keywords

  • Cassava
  • Value Chain
  • Rural Women
  • Agriculture
  • Constraints