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Journal of Dynamics in Agricultural Research

Available online at http://www.journaldynamics.org/jdar

Vol.4(2), pp.16-23, July 2017

Article ID: JDAR/JDYA38824680

Copyright © 2017

Original Research Paper

Rural Women Agri-preneurship Opportunities for Poverty Reduction and Improved Livelihood in Imo State, Nigeria

Emerhirhi E., Nnadi F.N., Chikaire J.U., Anyoha N and Ejiogu-Okereke N.

1Dept. of Agricultural Education, Federal College of Education, Omoku, Rivers State.

2Dept. of Agricultural Extension, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author. E-mail:futoedung1610@gmail.com.

Received 8 May, 2017; Accepted 13 June, 2017; Available on-line 14 July, 2017.

Abstract

The paper examined the economic role of rural women agri-prenuers in poverty reduction and improved livelihood in Imo State, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to identify rural agri-preneurship opportunities in the area; examine effects of agri-preneurship opportunities on poverty reduction and improved livelihood, identify barriers to rural women agri-preneur business growth, and identify strategies for solving the problems. A total of 250 rural women agri-preneurs were randomly selected from a list of 2500 registered women farmers of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN). Data were collected with the aid of a structured questionnaire and analyzed using percentages and mean. Results showed that the agri-preneurship opportunities in the states included crop production, fish farming, poultry production, charcoal making, zobo drink making, rabbit/grass cutter rearing, snail farming among many others. It was observed that most of the respondents made more money/income from their sales as indicated by a mean (M) response of 3.75, sent children to better schools (M= 3.05), purchase household items (M = 2.80) among others. The following barriers were identified –transportation problems, limited access to finance, lack of access to land among others. To address these problems, gender equitable programmes should be put in place to favour both men and women.

Keywords: Rural, agri-preneur, poverty, livelihood, women.