Enterprise Characteristics Affecting Resource Poor Women Food Vendors\' Income Generation In Imo State, Nigeria

  • EC Matthews-Njoku
  • CC Asiabaka
  • OM Adesope
Keywords: Enterprise characteristics, resource poor women food vendors


Food is an important basic need of life because it keeps the body system working well. Women have been known to be the major stakeholders in the provision of food. Food vending is a common practice among resource-poor women in Southeastern Nigeria. This study examines socio-economic characteristics affecting resource poor women food vendors and their income generation in Imo State, Nigeria. Data were collected from 109 respondents with the aid of structured questionnaire and interview schedule. The study found that low income earners dominate food vending venture, manpower involvement was not adequate, and there was less difficulty in managing the business. Problems identified by respondents included insufficient finance, indiscriminate demands for tax from government officials, high cost of foodstuff, levies from local government, illegal collectors of levies, difficulty in buying cooking fuel.

Keywords: Enterprise characteristics, resource poor women food vendors

Global Approaches to Extension Practice Vol. 2 (1) 2006: pp. 21-28

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