Effect of National Special Programme on Food Security (NSPFS) on the productivity of small-holder cassava farmers in southeastern, Nigeria

  • M. Mazza
  • M.N.B. Agbarevo
  • G.E. Ifenkwe

Abstract

The study examined the effect of National Special Programme on Food Security (NSPFS) on cassava productivity among small holder farmers in South-East, Nigeria. Specifically, it described the socio-economic characteristics of beneficiaries of NSPFS in the area, ascertained the level of adoption of NSPFS  extension recommendations on cassava production by farmers, and determined the effect of National Special Programme on Food Security on cassava production in the study area. Purposive and multi-stage random sampling techniques were utilized in selecting three hundred and sixty respondents (comprised 180 NSPFS participants and 180 non-participants) used for the study. Data were obtained with the aid of  structured interview schedule and Focus Group Discussion, and analyzed using  descriptive and inferential statistics such as percentages, means and Z-test. From the results, grand mean score of 2.31 shows moderate level of adoption of NSPFS extension recommendations on cassava production by farmers in South-East,  Nigeria. The findings showed significant difference between cassava yield of  participants and non-participants. The National Special Programme on Food  Security increased cassava production in South-East, Nigeria. The null hypothesis that the National Special Programme on Food security has not significantly  increased yield of cassava was, therefore, rejected, while the alternative hypothesis was accepted. The study therefore recommended that more farmers should be encouraged by Government to participate in the next phase of the National Special Programme on Food Security for increased food production, income and enhanced standard of living.


Keywords: The study examined the effect of National Special Programme on Food Security

Published
2017-11-09
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