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Title:Some Characteristics of Nigerian Smallholders: A Case Study from Western Region
Author:Zuckerman, Paul S.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:A series of some two hundred questions on farmers' opinions, behaviour, and attitudes were asked during the course of a traditional cost route farm management survey of one hundred Nigerian smallholders in the former Western Region of Nigeria. The survey was carried out during the 1970-71 crop season, and the answers illuminated the following: farmers' tendency to make significant changes in their allocation of resources from one season to the next, reflecting the inherent flexibility of the farming system practised; farmers' ability to distinguish clearly between the characteristics of different crops; the distinct uses to which different crops were put; satisfaction with the nutritional value of their diet; reasons for practising intercropping; farmers' planning capacibility; assessment of some types of risk; imperfect knowledge of factor prices; and the extensive intra- and inter-family monetary relationships. Diagr., notes, ref., tab.