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Use of Participatory Tools in Powering Agricultural Transformation by the Women in Agriculture Unit (WIA) of the Agricultural Development Project in Nigeria

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The study examined the participatory tools used by the WIA unit of the ADP in powering an Agricultural Transformation in Nigeria. It also assessed the perception of the agricultural extension agents of the WIA unit in the use of these tools. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 60 percent of extension agents in the Women–In-Agriculture unit from three out of the five geo-political zones Nigeria. A total of 120 extension agents were selected. A structured interview schedule was used to elicit information from the respondents and data was analyzed using chi-square and PPMC. Results show that most of WIA extension agents use some participatory tools such as focus group discussion, daily activity charts and in-depth interviews. Sources of information identified by the extension agents include their quarterly meetings, journals, and the internet. The problems encountered by the WIA extension agents include an insufficient number of extension agents to attend to women involved in WIA programmes and language barriers, where interpretation is necessary. It is therefore recommended that extension agents of the WIA unit be trained in the use of participatory tools to enhance the training of women to empower their income-generating capabilities.

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Odebode, Stella O.. "Use of Participatory Tools in Powering Agricultural Transformation by the Women in Agriculture Unit (WIA) of the Agricultural Development Project in Nigeria" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Radisson Hotel-Manchester, Manchester, New Hampshire, Jul 28, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p261794_index.html>

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Odebode, S. , 2008-07-28 "Use of Participatory Tools in Powering Agricultural Transformation by the Women in Agriculture Unit (WIA) of the Agricultural Development Project in Nigeria" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society, Radisson Hotel-Manchester, Manchester, New Hampshire <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p261794_index.html

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Abstract: The study examined the participatory tools used by the WIA unit of the ADP in powering an Agricultural Transformation in Nigeria. It also assessed the perception of the agricultural extension agents of the WIA unit in the use of these tools. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 60 percent of extension agents in the Women–In-Agriculture unit from three out of the five geo-political zones Nigeria. A total of 120 extension agents were selected. A structured interview schedule was used to elicit information from the respondents and data was analyzed using chi-square and PPMC. Results show that most of WIA extension agents use some participatory tools such as focus group discussion, daily activity charts and in-depth interviews. Sources of information identified by the extension agents include their quarterly meetings, journals, and the internet. The problems encountered by the WIA extension agents include an insufficient number of extension agents to attend to women involved in WIA programmes and language barriers, where interpretation is necessary. It is therefore recommended that extension agents of the WIA unit be trained in the use of participatory tools to enhance the training of women to empower their income-generating capabilities.

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