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Title:Achieving Selfreliance in Food Production in Nigeria: Maximising the Contribution of Rural Women
Author:Okojie, Christiana E.E.
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
rural women
food production
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Women's Issues
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Self reliance
Women's role
Abstract:Development policies in Nigeria have emphasized industrialization, which has led to the neglect of agriculture. The Structural Adjustment Programme adopted in 1986, however, included a package to revamp the agricultural sector as an integral part of the programme. One of the objectives of the agricultural sector is the achievement of self-reliance in food production to eliminate food imports. This paper argues that if this objective is to be achieved, rural women who produce and process a substantial part of Nigeria's food crops must become a target group for agricultural policies. Although many policies and programmes have been formulated for the agricultural sector over the years, none of these made any direct reference to rural women as a target group. Furthermore, women face constraints such as lack of or limited access to education, land, agricultural extension services, agricultural inputs, credit and appropriate technology. Policies to eradicate these constraints should become an integral part of agricultural development programmes in Nigeria. Bibliogr.