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  • 21. THE FUTURE OF SMALL FARMS

    » There is a long history in economic development with regard to the roles of various sectors in development and the choice of strategic sectors for development. This paper is principally concerned with reviewing recent empirical studies on the contribution of agriculture to national growth and to poverty reduction. The outcomes of interest are economy wide, although we are examining the agriculture...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  16 engagements | 

  • 22. THE EFFECT OF MICROFINANCE BANKS SERVICES ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION OF MEMBERS ...

    » Lack of access to credit has negatively affected poor farmers and rural dwellers for many years. Rural people need credit to allow investment in their farms and small businesses, to smooth consumption and to reduce their vulnerability to weather and economic shocks. Because they have little access to formal financing institutions, poor rural people follow sub optimal risk management and consumptio...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  16 engagements | 

  • 23. THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF IMPROVED AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY ON CASSAVA PRODUCTIVITY ...

    » This paper assessed the economic impact of improved agricultural technologies on cassava productivity in Kogi State, Nigeria. The results are drawn from a household survey covering the agricultural season of 2009/2010. The data obtained from interview schedule was subjected to descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Descriptive statistics for this study include frequency, percentages and...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  16 engagements | 

  • 24. TECHNICAL INEFFICIENCY IN VEGETABLE FARMS OF HUMID REGION: AN ANALYSIS OF DRY SE...

    » It is widely acknowledged that the scope for agricultural production can be expanded and sustained by peasant farmers within the limits of existing resource base and available technology if farm productivity is raised by efficiency use of resources (Harwood, 1987; Ali, 1996; Udoh, 2000). This exposition therefore forms the fundamental point why the concept of farm efficiency has remained important...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  15 engagements | 

  • 25. SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS AND FOOD SECURITY STATUS OF FARMING HOUSEHOLDS IN...

    » SOCIO ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS AND FOOD SECURITY STATUS OF FARMING HOUSEHOLDS IN KWARA STATE, NORTH CENTRAL NIGERIA...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  12 engagements | 

  • 26. SMALL-SCALE PALM OIL PROCESSING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA: A FEASIBILITY STUDY

    » Palm oil has been an important ingredient in the diet of many Nigerians. Palm oil is the world’s largest source of edible oil, accounting for 38.5 million tonnes or 25% of the global edible oil and fat production (MPOC, 2007). Palm oil is a product extracted from the fleshy mesocarp of the palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis). The global demand for palm oil is growing thus, the crop cultivation se...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  11 engagements | 

  • 27. RISK AVERSION AMONG POULTRY EGG PRODUCERS IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA

    » In agriculture, most farmers express their risk aversion in diverse ways, some of which are forward pricing, production practices, insurance, holding liquid reserves, diversification, and liability management or their combination (Boehje and Trede, 1977; Barry, 1984). Generally, these ways have commanded substantial resources from farmers and researchers. In Nigeria, however, most poultry farms ar...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  13 engagements | 

  • 28. RISING COST OF FOOD PRICES AND FOOD INSECURITY IN NIGERIA AND ITS IMPLICATION FO...

    » Trade liberalization stimulated the growth of export of agricultural commodities in Nigeria while its serious implementation lasted. As usual with the country, the implementation of trade liberalization policies relaxed with time. The boost in the agricultural export sector took a down turn and with the advent of democracy, massive imports of luxury goods began to dominate the economic scene. In e...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  16 engagements | 

  • 29. RESTORING AND MAINTAINING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF WEST AFRICAN SOILS: KEY TO SUSTAIN...

    » The Earth has become a Global Village, and West Africa is a slum in a dismal state of disrepair. More especially the all important agricultural sector – the engine of economic growth – is going through unprecedented hard times. Locally produced cash crops, the main revenue earner for most governments, face increased competition from other producing regions where there have been substan...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  14 engagements | 

  • 30. PROFITABILITY OF FUNGICIDE USE DECISIONS AMONG COCOA FARMERS IN SOUTHWESTERN NIG...

    » Nigeria cocoa farmers have been shown to react positively to price incentives (Helleiner, 1966; Oni, 1972; CBN/NISER, 1992). It is evident from past studies that Nigeria’s smallholder cocoa farmers have historically undertaken long term measures to increase cocoa cultivation in response to remunerative producer prices (World Bank Report, 1973). This implies that the present price structure w...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  14 engagements | 

  • 31. PRO-POOR GROWTH – THE RELATION BETWEEN AGRICULTURAL GROWTHS AND POVERTY REDUCT...

    » Until recently, there were insufficiently long periods of rapid increase in incomes in a sufficient range of contemporary low income countries to study causes of poverty change. The exceptions were isolated micro studies. A decade or more of rapid growth in a wide range of countries has changed that situation. A recent compilation of data on poverty levels for a large number of countries allows st...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  11 engagements | 

  • 32. PREFERENCES OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS I...

    » Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are companies whose headcount or turnover falls below certain limits. The definitions change over time and depend, to a large extent, on a country’s level of development. Thus, what is considered small in a developed country like the USA could actually be classified as large in a developing country like Nigeria? However, the definition of MSMEs in ...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  13 engagements | 

  • 33. NIGERIA’S RICE ECONOMY: STATE OF THE ART

    » Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country with 124 million inhabitants in 1999 and has the potential to become Africa’s economic powerhouse. However, to achieve this potential role Nigeria still faces numerous challenges. To its merit, Nigeria now has taken a number of these challenges head on and is trying to establish itself both as a participatory democracy and a market based econom...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  15 engagements | 

  • 34. LAND TENURE ISSUES IN WEST AFRICAN LIVESTOCK AND RANGE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

    » ABSTRACT This paper addresses the problem of identifying the relevant issues associated with the kind of rights held in landed resources in development projects dealing with livestock and range management in sub Saharan Africa. There is increasing pressure for the livestock sector to contribute more to national economies as mounting evidence indicates a growing problem of food shortfalls on the co...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  14 engagements | 

  • 35. INVESTMENT IN COCOA PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA: A COST AND RETURN ANALYSIS OF THREE C...

    » The Nigerian cocoa economy has a rich history which is well documented in literature. The contributions of cocoa to the nation’s economic development are vast and have been reported by many authors. In terms of foreign exchange earnings, no single agricultural export commodity has earned more than cocoa. With respect to employment, the cocoa sub sector still offers quite a sizeable number of...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  15 engagements | 

  • 36. INDIRECT EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME DISTRIBUTION EFFECTS OF AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ...

    » The broadening of the concept of economic development to include equity measures, such as employment and income distribution in addition to the conventional out pit measures, is now firmly established. This changing focus has been hastened by the advent of the Green Revolution which, although it has undoubtedly contributed to increased output in many countries, 1as often had an adverse effect on e...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  8 engagements | 

  • 37. IMPACT OF MARKET-DETERMINED EXCHANGE RATES ON RICE PRODUCTION AND IMPORT IN NIGE...

    » Agriculture was the backbone of the Nigerian economy at Independence in 1960 and immediately after. It provided employment to over 75% of the population; more than 70% of total food consumed in the country; raw materials for its agro based industry, as well as export earnings to finance imports (Reynolds, 1966; Alamu, 1981). Ilugbuhi (1968) noted that “peasant agricultural production for exp...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  4 engagements | 

  • 38. GENDER ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF WOMEN

    » The bedrock of agriculture and agricultural development in developing countries of sub Saharan Africa is rural development, without which all efforts at agricultural development will be futile. A large majority of the farmers operate at the subsistence, smallholder level, with intensive agriculture being uncommon. A characteristic feature of the agricultural production system in such countries, Ni...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  13 engagements | 

  • 39. EFFECTS OF OIL EXPLORATION ON AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE NIGER DEL...

    » The Niger Delta is a vast flood plain endowed with forests and wetlands that are built up by the accumulation of secondary deposits washed down by the Niger and Benue Rivers. The area is composed of four (4) ecological zones. These are: · The Coastal barrier islands: The coastal barrier island forests are the smallest of the ecological zones in the Niger Delta. They are largely intact and h...Continue Reading »

    85 pages |  6 engagements | 

  • 40. EFFECT OF CROP RESIDUE ON SOIL CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND RICE YIELDS ON AN ULTISOL...

    » The soils of the Abakaliki area are low in fertility. The soils have been noted to be acidic, low in organic matter status, caption exchange capacity and other essential nutrients, (Emoezor et al., 1988, Asadu and Akamigbo, 1990, Nnabude and Mbagwu 1999 and Ogbodo and Nnabude, 2004). The use of organic amendments could be a viable means of improving the productivity of the soils. Recycling of crop...Continue Reading »

    76 pages |  6 engagements | 

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