Gender differentials in market participation among small-holder cassava farmers in south-eastern Nigeria: A double hurdle model approach
The study analysed gender differentials in market participation among small-holder cassava farmers in south-eastern Nigeria by the use of a multistage randomised sampling procedure from 360 farmers. The results show that important variables directly related to participating and level of sales in cassava markets were extension contact at 5% level, access to communication facilities, personal means of transportation, and yield at 1% level each. The coefficient for age had an indirect relationship with participation and level of sales at 10% level as well as distance from the farm to the market at 1% level. The results showed that the female farmers participated and sold more cassava in the market than their male counterparts. The results call for policies aimed at improving rural infrastructure like access roads that would facilitate faster delivery of farm produce especially perishable commodities such as cassava to urban consumers.
Keywords: Gender, Market Participation and Double Hurdle