Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Economics & Extension

Analysis of Factors Influencing Adoption of Improved Sesame Production Practices in Peri-Urban Districts of Jigawa State, Nigeria

Abstract This study was carried out to evaluate the awareness and use of improved sesame production practices in Periurban areas of Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was employed to select the respondents for the study from five districts that make up peri-urban areas of Dutse. Data were collected through the use of structured questionnaires administered to 165 respondents out of which only 159 were found to be useful. Data collected were analyzed using frequenc...

Smallholder Farmers’ Adoption Decision-making Regarding Soil Erosion Control on Food Security in South Africa

ABSTRACT Background: The objective of this paper was to evaluate how smallholder farmers’ adoption decision-making regarding the control of soil erosion influence food security in South Africa, using the case of farming at Upper and Lower Areas of Didimana, South Africa. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on 60 randomly selected farmers. Farmers’ total income was used as a proxy for food security. Data were analysed using the multiple linear regression analysis, because the...

Impact of the National Fadama Development Project Phase (Ii) On Poverty Reduction and Food Security Among Rice Farmer Beneficiaries in Kogi State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT The study was conducted to examine the impact of the National Fadama Development Project (II) (NFDP-II) on poverty reduction and food security among rice-farmer beneficiaries in Kogi State Nigeria. Four LGAs that participated in the Fadama (II) project and cultivated rice were selected through a multi stage sampling, two Fadama Community Associations (FCAs) were also randomly selected from the each of the four selected LGAs and two facilitators were selected from each of the LGAs sel...

Assessment of Traditional Watershed Management System in Southeast, Nigeria.

Table of Contents Title - - - - - - - - - i Certification - - - - - - - - - ii Dedication - - - - - - - - - iii Acknowledgements - - - - - - - - iv Table of contents - - - - - - - - - vi List of tables - - - - - - - - - vii List of figures - - - - - - - - - ix List of plates - - - - - - - - - x Abstract - - - - - - - - - xi Chapter One: Introduction  Background - - - - - - - - 1  Problem statement- - - - - - - - - 5  Purpose of the study - - - - - - - - 9  Significance of the study - - - ...

Perception of Institutional and Manpower Factors Constraining Agricultural Extension Services in Benue State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority

Abstract The overall purpose of the study was to determine the perception of extension staff of manpower and institutional factors that constrain agricultural extension services in Benue State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (BNARDA). The study was guided by three research purposes, namely: to describe the respondents’ socio-economic characteristics; to determine the perception of the extension staff on the number of extension staff as a manpower constrain; and to examine the e...

Indigenous and Emerging Adaptive Agricultural Technologies to Climate Change in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

ABSTRACT The study ascertained indigenous and emerging adaptive agricultural technologies to climate change in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Data were collected from 400 respondents through the use of semi structured interview schedule using a multi stage random sampling technique. The collected data were analyzed using percentages, mean score, and factor analysis. The findings revealed that majority (89.8%) of the respondents were aware of climate change though only 9.0% of them knew of...

Design, Construction and Performance Evaluation of a Biomass Fired Oven

ABSTRACT Baking and roasting are important cooking operations domestically and commercially carried out in bakeries, eateries and homes. It involves cooking with hot air as a result of heat and mass transfer processes. Baking and roasting of food items could be done using an oven. Therefore, this work is aimed at harnessing agricultural waste materials as heat sources in oven cooking and baking operations. The design, construction and performance evaluation of a biomass fired oven was underta...

Availability and Use of Swamp Rice Production Technologies Among Farmers in Enugu State Nigeria.

ABSTRACT In spite of the use of available production technologies by swamp rice farmers, much of the world’s intensive food production is still on small land holdings. Although swamp rice contributes significantly to the food requirements of the population, its production is far below the national requirements. Hence this study was designed to assess availability and use of swamp rice production technologies among farmers in Enugu State, Nigeria. Primary data were obtained from 96 swamp ric...

Impact of Coffee Growing on Economic Welfare and Development in Bushenyi District

TABLE OF CONTENTS DECLARATION APPROVAL DEDICATION ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS LIST OF FIGURES LIST OF TABLES ABSTRACT  CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.0 Introduction 1.1 Background of the study 1.2 Statement of the Problem 1.3 Purpose of the study 1.4 Objectives of the study 1.4.1 General objective 1.4.2 Specific objectives 1.5 Research questions 1.6 Research hypothesis 1.7 Scope of the study 1.7.1 Content scope 1.7.2 Geographical scope 1.7.3 Time scope 1.8 Significance of the Stu...

Cassava Enterprise/ Agribusiness Study in Ifelodun metropolis, Kwara state, Nigeria

CHAPTER ONEINTRODUCTION1.1 Background of Study Nigeria is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, but despite its significant natural resources, majority of the citizens are living below the poverty line. For instance according to WDI, (2015), an estimated 60% of Nigerians live on less than US$1.25 per day. Nigeria was also ranked 91stout of a total of 104 counties on the 2015 Global Hunger Index and 153rdout of a total of 187countries on the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index. Maln...

Devolved specialization, one Agricultural venture or crop per county or region of Kenya

As much as the average land holding in the Western Kenya counties', formerly western province, remain 4 acres per household according to KWAHO, the population growth rate is at 2.4 % (DHS2004). This is exerting more pressure on land holdings. Moreover, 55.6% 0f the population in the sub-county lives with less than 1.25 US $ per day as per the sustainable development goals declaration of alleviating poverty in all forms and everywhere with a target of all citizens being capable to live on abov...

Economic Importance of Irish Potato

CHAPTER ONE 1.0     INTRODUCTION           Irish potato is also known as (solanum tubersum L) among crops Irish potato contribute significantly to economic development in Nigeria. It is now grown extensively throughout the world and it one of the important agricultural crops, world production reached a record of 320 million tones in 2007 and production in the developing countries has almost doubled since 1991, with a corresponding increase in a consumption (Hoftler and Ochieng ...

Have Actions Taken to Control Fall ArmyWorm Reduced the Economic Cost Experienced in Ghana?

Summary The rapid spread of the invasive crop pest, the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), across Africa in recent years has attracted considerable interest, especially the effect on maize farmers. The purpose of this study is to understandandassess the economic costs of the fall armyworm invasionin Ghana under different control scenarios.  Three different scenarios are modelled: one with no farmer applied control measures, one with limited control measures and one with proactive control...

Computer Applications in Agricultural Research

Introduction Agriculture Research have benefited from incorporation of technological advances primarily developed for other industries. The industrial age brought mechanization and synthesized fertilizers to agriculture. The technology age offered genetic engineering and automation. The information age brings the potential for integrating the technological and industrial advances into sustainable agriculture production system. The application of the computer in agricu...

Assessment Of The Performance Of Small-Scale Dairy Farming In Meru County, Kenya

ABSTRACT Despite the apparent importance of the dairy sub-sector to Kenya’s economy, the sector is plagued with low milk production. The general objective of the study was to assess dairy performance among the small-scale farmers in Meru County. The specific objectives were (i) to characterize small-scale dairy farmers; (ii) to assess the profitability of small-scale dairy enterprises; and (iii) to determine the factors influencing profitability among small-scale dairy farmers in Meru Coun...


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