Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Extension And Rural Development

Socio-Economic Constraints on Goat Farming In the Lowveld of Swaziland – A Case Study of Matsanjeni

This study was designed to focus on why subsistence livestock farmers concentrate mainly on cattle rearing instead of diversifying the livestock sector to incorporate small ruminants particularly goats which can sustain under a diverse climatic conditions.  Areas of interest in this study were socioeconomic and cultural factors namely; social status, ownership, dignity, prestige, taste, lack of information on sustainable goat farming, customary activities, income and market that influence fa...

Diurnal visitation of flowers of cowpea by insect pollinators with emphasis on the Western honeybee, Apis mellifera, in Bauchi, Nigeria

In order to study the diurnal visitation of flowers of cowpea by insect pollinators, the number of open flowers of cowpea and the kind and number of insects visiting the flowers were recorded for a period of 5 minutes and at intervals of 1 hour from sunrise to sunset in a quadrat of 1 m² placed randomly on a cowpea farm. Cowpea flowers were observed to open from 6:00 hour to 13:00 hour, daily. A total of 388 open flowers and 256 insect visitors were recorded during the 7-day period of the st...

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF E-WALLET SYSTEM IN AGRICULTURAL INPUT DISTRIBUTION AMONG FARMERS IN OSUN STATE, NIGERIA: IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

The study was designed to assess the strengths and weaknesses of e-wallet innovation system of agricultural input distribution among farmers in Osun State, Nigeria. A multistage stage sampling procedure was used to select therespondents. Data were gathered through structured interview schedule from 324 farmers randomly selected from four Local Government Areas of the state. Data collected were analyzed using appropriate descriptive and inferentialstatistical tools. The results showed that the...

Community influence

The paper assessed communal influence on land accessibility among rural farmers in Osun State. It specificallydescribed socio-economic characteristics of land users; determined the level of land accessibility; and examinedinfluence of community (roles of traditional authorities, community beliefs and cultural taboos) on landaccessibility. A multistage stage sampling procedure was used to select the respondents. Data were collected from260 respondents using structured interview schedule and ke...

Community conflict paper 4

Conflict is a major impediment of any community development. However, its occurrence isinevitable and requires serious attention from relevant stakeholders. This study focused on theeffects of community conflicts on rural economic activities in Osun State, Nigeria. It specificallyunveiled the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents; identified the causes of conflictin the study area; determined the effects of conflicts on the economic activities and identifiedthe strategies adopted ...

Improvement of food security in Nigeria

Food security is made up of two words “food” and “secure”, meaning “securing of food”.The opposite of food security is food insecurity. It is a sad situation of limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate or safe food.Different countries have different methods of combating food insecurity. For Nigeria, sustainable agricultural intervention by all stakeholders is the key. Having seen the aftermath of food insecurity, the question then is what is the way forwa...

Journal 2 Mr. E. Kara

ABSTRACTThe study examined the use of information and communication technologies among crop farmers in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State. Nigeria. Multistage sampling technique was used in selection of 120 respondents for the study. Data were collected through the use of structured questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistical were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that most (73.7%) of the respondents were male. more than half (52.5%) were between the age of ...

An Assessment of the Impact of the District Development Facility (DDF) in the MMDAS: A Case Study of Techiman Municipality in the Brong Ahafo Region

The study investigated the District Development Facility in the Techiman Municipality and its contribution to development. The study was descriptive using both primary and secondary data. Data was collected from 150 respondents using the questionnaire. Data was analysed using the SPSS. The main objective of the research therefore sought to analyse the concept and contributions of the DDF to the socio-economic development of the Techiman Municipality. The study found that the DDF has...

WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN TRANSFORMATION OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF BAUCHI LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF BAUCHI STATE, NIGERIA

ABSTRACTThe study examined the participation of women in transformation of agricultural development programme of Bauchi local government area of Bauchi state, Nigeria. Data were collected from 60 respondents in the study area using structured questionnaire.The data were analyzed using simple descriptive statistics and regression analysis. The results shows that 61.7% of the respondents were female, 70% of the respondents were within the age range of (35-45) years and married (78.3%), and (30%...

IDENTIFICATION OF CONSTRAINTS AND EFFECTIVE EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES INFLUENCING THE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION OFFICERS IN OYO AND OGUN STATES NIGERIA

  Abstract: Agricultural extension contributes to improving the welfare of farmers and other stakeholders by providing access to knowledge and information. This has led to increasing emphasis on effective training strategies to develop extension staff competencies. The study therefore focused on identification of constraints and effective educational strategies influencing the professional competencies of extension officers in Oyo and Ogun states Nigeria. Simple random sampling tec...

IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISM

Agricultural Journalism can be described as that part of social activity, which is primarily concerned with the gathering, packaging and reporting of agricultural related news and views to the publics in a timely manner. This is achieved through various media, including Print, electronic (TV and radio), Internet, etc. Agricultural journalism has also been defined a specialized branch of journalism which deals with the techniques of receiving, writing, editing and reporting from infor...

CONTRIBUTION OF COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (CSDP) TO PARTICIPATORY RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN SELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA.

The study assessed the contribution of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) to participatory rural development in Ondo State from 2009-2014. Despite the various effort of government to address the problem of rural development in Ondo State, the level of rural amenities has not improved. The objective of the study is to assess the contribution of Community and Social Development Project on Participatory Rural Development in Ondo State. Three hypotheses were formulated for the study....

Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security: Building Bridges between Durable Agricultural Practices and the Markets

ABSTRACTFood security is an essential element of household well-being in a sustainable livelihood. This paper seeks to provide support for investing in smallholder agriculture to achieve food and nutrition security among food insecure households in Nigeria. The paper points to the importance of smallholder agricultural production and development policies in combating vulnerability to food insecurity.  It uses literatures from various sources to explore the extent of vulnerability to f...

ANALYSIS OF DETERMINANTS OF EFFECTIVENESS OF EXTENSION AGENTS IN THE EBONYI STATE AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE

ABSTRACTThe study focused on the determinants of effectiveness of extension agents in the Ebonyi State Extension Service. A total of 75 extension agents and 150 contact farmers were used as respondents in the study. Validated questionnaires and interview schedules were used in collecting data from the respondents. Results showed that males (72%) dominated the Ebonyi State Extension Service. The mean age for the extension agents was 38years and the mean annual income was N275, 800. Abou...

Assessment of the Implementation of Advisory Services and Input Support Components by Fadama III Beneficiaries in Oyo State

ABSTRACTThis study aimed at assessing the implementation of advisory services and input support components by Fadama III beneficiaries in Oyo state. The Project Implementation Manual (PIM) of Fadama III advisory services and input support components which involved specific activities the project proposed to execute was being used as a criteria to check the accomplishment of the project as projected. Thus, in determining the gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what ought to be’ benefic...


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