Augustine J. Udoh
The study assessed the determinants of womenâ€™s adoption of crop production technologies under Women in Agriculture (WIA) programme in the southeastern zone of Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling technique was adopted to select the sample for the study. Three out of six agricultural zones were randomly selected. Then five blocks were randomly selected from each of the 5 zones making 15 blocks and finally, 10 women farmers were randomly selected from each of the 15 blocks making a total of 150 respondents that took part in the study. Questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. Probit regression was used to analyse the data. The probit regression analysis showed that years of farming, years of formal education, household size, farm size and membership of social organizations and land acquisition were significant factors influencing womenâ€™s adoption of crop production technologies. The most adopted technologies were dry season vegetable production, Gnetum africanum, improved cassava and maize varieties cultivation. The study recommends that the programmes of the WIA arm of the extension service should be integrated into a more decisive national action plan.
Keyword: Womenâ€™s adoption; Crop production technologies; Women in Agriculture (WIA)