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Determinants of Poverty among Rice Farming Households in Nigeria: A Gender Analysis

Oluwafemi Olajide Ajewole1,3, Vet Ojehomon2, Opeyemi Eyitayo Ayinde1, Rita Afiavi Agboh-Noameshie3, Florent M. Kinkingninhoun-Medagbe3

Rice is an important crop to combat poverty but production has not kept pace with demand. Moreover, gender blindness in policy making is prevalent in Nigeria. The study looked into the poverty status of rice farming households and the determinants of poverty. Three-stage stratified random sampling was used. Descriptive statistics, Foster Greer and Thorbecke poverty measure, and logistic regression were the analytical tools. The study revealed that 23.81% of the households are female-headed and 76.19% are male-headed; 54.29% of the women are without formal education as compared to the men, with 25.89%. The male-headed households are poorer than the female-headed. The results of this study have relevance to policy implications.

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