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Title:Role duality among school-age children participating in farming in some villages in Kwara State, Nigeria
Authors:Adisa, Rashid S.ISNI
Adekunle, Oluwasegun A.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:child labour
agricultural workers
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
Kwara State (Nigeria)
Abstract:This paper examines rural children's role duality as school pupils and farm participants in Edu Local Government Area in Kwara State, Nigeria. Multi-stage cluster random sampling was used to elicit data from 229 respondents aged between five and sixteen years. It was found that 44 percent of the respondents were simultaneously schooling and farming, while the remaining respondents were either in school or farming. Using eight common farm activities, a coefficient of farm participation was computed, while another eight agricultural innovations were used to compute an agricultural innovation awareness index for each respondent. It was found that no significant difference existed in farm participation levels of respondents attending school and those that were not, while a significant difference in innovation awareness existed in favour of respondents in school. Parental influence, peer group and school farms were also found to be significantly related to respondents' participation in agriculture. It is thus imperative to keep rural children in school even as they are engaged in farming activities. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]