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Climate Smart Agriculture Practices by Rural Women in AkwaIbom State, Nigeria

A student demonstrates mulching in a banana plantation as one of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices during an Internship Exhibition on 8th August 2014, MUARIK, CAES, Makerere University, Wakiso Uganda.

Women who farm in rural communities of Nigeria are typically poor and are  vulnerableto events of climate change. An understanding of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices engaged by these women is required to strengthen and improve their adaptivecapacity  to  cope  with  climate  change  events.  An  empirical  study  was,  therefore,conducted to investigate the factors influencing rural women’s choice of CSA practices. Through the multistage sampling procedure, 280 rural women in Akwa Ibom State,Nigeria were selected as representative farmers.

Analysis revealed that the most critical factors influencing rural women’s choice ofadopting  CSA  practices  were  age,  education,  frequency  of  extension  contact,membership in a cooperative and farm size. Findings further showed that age of womenfarmers significantly influenced the probability of choosing to adopt crop residue mulchingand improved high yielding varieties.

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Source: Makerere University Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)

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