Analysis of Factors Influencing Women Participation in Cassava Post Harvest Technologies in Abia State, Nigeria

Main Article Content

C. U. Nwaobiala


This study was undertaken to analyze women participation in various trainings on cassava post-harvest technologies in Abia State, Nigeria. Purposive and multistage random sampling techniques were used to select ninety (90) women. Data for the study were collected through a structured questionnaire and analyzed with descriptive statistics and inferential statistics (probit regression analysis). The socio-economic characteristics of the women revealed that 63.33% of the women were married. The women had a mean age of 49.5 years and 48.89% of them acquired secondary education. Also mean processing experience of the women was 4.5 years and processing income of N226, 500.00. The result showed that the women participated in cassava odourless fufu and cassava cake technologies with mean ratings of 2.20, cassava flour ( =2.00), cassava flakes ( =2.00) and cassava biscuit ( =2.00), with a participation index of 66%. The result of probit regression estimates showed that coefficients for age, education, processing income and cooperative membership influenced women participation in cassava post harvest technologies. Drying of processed cassava products, distance to training centres, inadequacy of processing facilities and type of cassava varieties used in processing were problems encountered by women. The study, therefore, recommends training and re-training of women, cooperative formation and access to processing facilities to encourage active participation in cassava post harvest technologies.

Article Details

Articles/Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology & Extension


Agwu, A. E. (2006). Adoption of Improved Oil Palm Production and Processing Technologies in Arochukwu Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria Agro-Science Journal of Tropical Agricultural Food. Environment and Extension, 5 (1): 26-35.
Akannegbe, J. A, Ogunyinka, W, Ayanda, I. F, Achem, M. and Adisa, R.S. (2012). An Assessment of Effects of Fadama II Project on Livelihood of Farmers in Orire Local government Area Of Oyo State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Agriculture, Food and Environment. 8(1):27-32.
Alufohai, G. O and Ilavbarhe, K . O. (2008). “Women Cooperative Societies and Access to Production Resources in three Local Government Areas of Edo State. Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 1(2):46 - 50.
Aphunu, A. 1 and Agwu, A. E. (2014). Adoption of Improved Aquaculture Management Practices by Cluster Fish Farmers in Delta State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, 8(2): 37 – 43.
Ezebuiro, N. C, Ironkwe, A.G, Ekwe, K. C. and Aniedu C. (2009). Acceptability of Cassava Value Addition Technology among Rural Women in Umudike Community of Abia State. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at Abuja 20th -23rd October, Pp 581 – 583.
Ezedinma, C., J., Lemchi, R., Okechukwu, F., Ogbe, M., Akoroda, L., Sanni, E., Okoro, P., Ilona, C., Okarta, D. and Dixon, A. G. O. (2007). Status of Cassava Production in South-East and South-South Nigeria. A Baseline Report 2004. IITA, Ibadan. Pp 41- 43.
Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) (2013). FAOSTAT> http:/ production/index.html
Gwera, M. (2009). Food Centre to Improve Cassava Production. Daily News, Pp. 18.
Jamilu, A. A., Abdul-Aziz, H., Jafuru, A. K., Sani, B. M. and Audu, S. (2014). Factors Influencing the Adoption of Sasakawa Global 2000 Maize Production Technologies among Small Holder Farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension 18(1): 73 – 83.
Mangual, A. (2010). Access to Agricultural information. The Pacific Agricultural and Journal of Agricultural Extension, 18(1): 23-33.
Muhammad, H. U., Umar, B. F. Abubakar, B. Z. and Abdullahi, A. S.. (2011). Assessment of Factors Influencing Beneficiary Participation in Fadama II Project in Niger State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Applied Science, 19(2): 248 - 252.
National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) (2012). Annual Report on Cassava Value Addition Technologies Vol. 4 Pp 6.
Nwakor F.N, Ekwe K.C. and Okoro, B. O. (2007). Adoption of Cassava Value Added Technologies among Women Farmers in Ohafia Agricultural Zone of Abia State Nigeria. Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Congress of the Nigeria Rural Sociological Association, held at Bowen University into Osun State 13th-17th August, Pp. 37 - 40.
Nwaobiala, C. U. (2013). Appraisal of Farmers’ Participation in IFAD/FGN/NDDC/Community Based Natural Resource Management Programme in Abia and Cross River States Nigeria. A Ph.D Thesis Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Abia State University Uturu.
Nwaobiala, C.U., Isiocha C.U. and Nwachukwu, K. (2009). Adoption of Cassava Post Harvest Technologies by Women in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at Abuja 20th -23rd October, Pp.670-672.
Odebode, S. O. and Adetunji, T. A. (2015). Gender Differentials of Cassava Processing Activities among Cassava Processors in Ogun State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Rural Extension and Development, 9 (1): 1 – 6.
Ogbonna, M. O. and Nwaobiala, C. U. (2015). Evaluation of participation and poverty Levels of National FADAMA III Development Project Rural Farm Women in Gombe State, Nigeria. Discourse Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences 3(6): 83-90
Oke, J. T. O., Adeyemo, R. and Agbonlahor, M. (2007). An Empirical Analysis of Microcredit Repayment in South Western Nigeria. Humanity and Social Sciences Journal, 2 (1): 63-74.
Okoroafor, K. M. and Nwaobiala, C. U. (2014). Effectiveness of Cassava Women Processors in Value Addition Technologies in Abia State, Nigeria. International Journal of Agricultural Science, Research and Technology in Extension and Education Systems (IJASRT in EESs) 4(3): 137 – 142
Olaniyi, O.A. and Adewale, J. G. (2014). Women Farmers’ Perception and Utilization of Marketing Information on Cassava in Osun State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension 18(1): 23 – 33.
Phillip, T.P., Taylor, D. S., Sanni, L. and Akoroda, M. O. (2004). A Cassava Industrial Revolution in Nigeria: The Potential for a New Industrial Crop. International Fund for Agriculture Developments and Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome. Pp 1-49.
Seha, J.O, Lawal, B. O, Abeed W, Balogun, O. I. and Onyebami, O.O. (2008). Effect of Participation on Accessing Micro-credit among Rural Women Farmers in Osun and Oyo States of Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension 12(1): 84-95
Tokula, M. H., Njoku, J. C., Ekwe, K. C., Egbo, G, Asumugha, G. N. and Nwanguma, F. (2013). Adoption of Improved Root and Tuber Crops Technologies in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Agricultural Economics and Extension Research Studies 2(2): 58 – 64.