GENDER ANALYSIS OF URBAN VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN OJO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA

Authors

  • O.E. FAPOJUWO
  • A. O. AYODEJI
  • B.A. OKUBENA
  • M.T. AJAYI
  • O. IDRIS

Keywords:

Gender, Urban, Vegetable production, Lagos

Abstract

Urban vegetable production has been discovered to be a viable poverty intervention strategy
for the urban poor, and in-depth understanding of the gender perspective to its production
is imperative. The study assessed gender analysis of urban vegetable production in Ojo
Local Government Area, Lagos State, Nigeria. A snowball sampling procedure was used to
select 106 respondents for the study and primary data were collected with the aid of a
questionnaire. The average age of the respondents was 45 years, the majority (59.4%) of
them were female, 72.6% were married, 48.1% had secondary education, 50.0% hired
labour with average farmland of 2 hectares, and farming experience and family size were
11 years and five people respectively. Males participated more in harvesting for sale
(π‘₯Μ…=3.79) and irrigation (π‘₯Μ…=3.09), while females participated more in marketing (π‘₯Μ…=3.76),
purchasing seeds/seedlings (π‘₯Μ…=3.46), and spraying (π‘₯Μ…=3.44). The major reasons
responsible for male and female participation in urban vegetable production were a passion
for vegetable farming (π‘₯Μ…=4.33) and improved household nutrition (π‘₯Μ…=4.27). Respondents
were mostly constrained by high costs of inputs (π‘₯Μ…=2.72), pests and diseases (π‘₯Μ…=2.59), and
poor funding (π‘₯Μ…=2.56). Significant (p<0.05) relationships existed between source of farm
labour (Ο‡2= 18.38, df=3), farming experience (r=0.22), family size (r=-0.26), and
constraints facing respondents’ production(r=0.28) with participation in urban vegetable
production. Significant differences exist between male and female participation in vegetable
production (t=1.05, p<0.01). Therefore, providing more financial assistance, seeds and an
enabling environment will further enhance male and female participation in urban vegetable
production.

Published

2022-04-27