Comparative Analysis of the Contributions of Men and Women to Farming Decisions among Rice Producing Households in Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Keywords:Gender, decision making, rice, farm households, Ebonyi State
AbstractThe study examined the contributions of men and women to farming decisions among rice producing households in Ebonyi State, Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling method was used to select 120 rice producing families. Husband and wife involved in rice production as a unit were interviewed and data were collected using questionnaire. Collected data were analysed with mean, standard deviation, chart and z-test. The result showed that the mean contribution of men in pre-harvest decisions (x? =3.54 ± 0.18) was higher than that of women (x? =2.43 ± 0.24). On the other hand, the mean contribution of men in decision-making in post-harvest activities (x? =2.54 ± 0.48) was relatively low compared to that of women (x? =3.47 ± 0.16). There was a significant difference in the level of contributions of men and women to decision-making in pre- and post-harvest activities. Improved commitment to helping farmers gain more access to farm-related information to make informed decisions about their farming business is recommended.
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