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Farmer's participation in social forestry in the semi-arid zone of Nigeria

A.O. Adeola
S.O. Bada
L. Popoola
L.A. Adebisi


In July 1996, a structured questionnaire was used to interview 475 people in 38 farm-family groups to elicit information on their participation in social forestry in the semi-arid zone of Nigeria. States covered included Bauchi; Borno; Jigawa, Kano; Katsina; Kebbi; Plateau; Sokoto and Yobe. Forty seven percent of farmers interviewed own private nurseries to supplement the government nurseries.

About 68% owned woodlots, 47.4% orchards while only 3% were involved in apiculture. No farmer was involved in amenity planting but 40% of them had home gardens; 23.6% were engaged in borderline (boundary) planting.

All the farmers interviewed participated in tree planting, even though management of trees (weeding, tending, pruning) in these various technologies was poor. NGO participation is high in one state Katsina) while a lot of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) were present in all the states and some of them participated in tree planting. Farmers interviewed appear confident with high self-worth. They are satisfied with the forestry projects.

[JEXT Vol.2(1) 2001: 71-80]

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