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Title:Leadership and governance: dilemma of agricultural development in Nigeria
Editor:Balogun, O.L.
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology (ISSN 0331-4111)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:agricultural development
agricultural policy
Abstract:Agriculture contributes immensely to the Nigerian economy in various ways: in the provision of food for the increasing population, in the supply of adequate raw materials to a growing industrial sector, as a major source of employment, in the generation of foreign exchange earnings, and in the provision of a market for the products of the industrial sector, among others. Nonetheless African agriculture remains largely traditional and concentrated in the hands of smallholders and pastoralists. The neglect of agriculture has resulted in the mass exodus of rural dwellers to urban areas, thereby making the qualitatively and quantitatively depopulated rural areas less attractive for socio-economic investment. This article reviews the roles of leadership and governance in agricultural development in Nigeria. The author finds that good leadership and governance are important for agricultural growth and development. Reversing the current state of Nigeria's agriculture is more than just a technical issue, but asks for structural change and a better way of managing resources. There is also the need for a sound political climate and political leadership with the right mental capacity, discipline, integrity and positive political will. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]