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International Journal Of Horticulture, Agriculture And Food Science(IJHAF)

Influence of Culture on Women Farmers’ Participation in Agriculture Activities in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State

Elenwa C.O.A. , Ishikaku E. A.

International Journal of Horticulture, Agriculture and Food science(IJHAF), Vol-2,Issue-3, May - June 2018, Pages 88-97, 10.22161/ijhaf.2.3.8

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The study examined the influence of culture on women farmers’ participation in agricultural activities in Ahoada-East of Rivers, Nigeria. Six communities namely Odieke, Odisama, OgboIhuaje, Okpokudodo and Ihugbuluko were selected using convenience sampling technique. Purposive sampling technique was employed to select sixty women farmers from the selected communities. Interview schedule was used to elicit information from the respondents. Women participated in agricultural activities such as processing and fertilizer application among others. Traditional/customary influenced women farmers’ participation on agricultural activities as women do not go to the farm on Eke day (x=3.29), women do not farm on burial day (x=2.80), among others. The people believed that farming during festival is a taboo (x=3.23) and norms demand women to return earlier from farm to carry out domestic duties (x=3.23). The study recommends that communities should carry out improvements in mainstreaming and transformation on cultural issues to enable women have access to productive resources.

Culture, women farmers’, participation, agricultural activities.

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