Effect of participation in the Fadama–II project on Participants’ socio-economic status
The general objective of the study was to investigate the effects of Fadama – II project on socio-economic impact of Fadama users in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State. One hundred and ten respondents were randomly selected from participating communities. The data collected through a validated and reliable questionnaire were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. For most respondents, the socioeconomic status changed positively following participation in the project. Majority of the respondents in the study area participated actively in fadama meetings and other activities
involved in project. Benefits derived from taking part in the project were generally high for most respondents (95.5 percent) especially through increase in production assets, attaining training and family welfare. Age, level of participation and benefits derived were significantly related to respondents’ socio-economic status (r = -0.37, r = 0.340, r = 0.208 respectively). There were significant difference in benefit derived before and after fadama project introduction in the study area ( mean = -7542 before) and ( mean = -7542 after) ( t = -2.396, before) and ( t = 3.753, P≤ 0.05).
Key words: Fadama, Benefit derived, Socio-economic status.