International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Inequality Gaps: Issues for Smallholder Farming in Nigeria
Adamu, Cordelia Ngodoo; Park Odojoma Idisi

In Nigeria both Women and Men play very significant roles in socio-economic activities at the family and community levels through subsistence smallholder farming. The fact remains that the contribution of both gender in food security and agriculture is the untapped green oil of Nigeria. The exclusion of Women in most agricultural development schemes is due to lack of access to land, technology, credit and many other challenges. This article reviews from secondary data the unequal relationship in the agriculture sector. At National and the different geopolitical zones of the country, low education and cultural biases prevent women’s participation in decisionmaking. Across the geopolitical zones intersect also exist within the female gender, evident in the disparity in education and unpaid labour observed from available data. Overall there has been improvement in extension services for female smallholder farmers .With no disaggregated data to show, even women targeted empowerment programmes cannot be acknowledged to have created a change.

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