Impact of cooperative membership on farmers' uptake of technological innovations in Southwest Nigeria
The underutilization of agriculture in Nigeria with attendant low yield per hectare is generally attributed to lack of innovation to cope with the challenges of climate change and land degradation. In this study, using information from 326 farmers in Southwest Nigeria, we examined the relative impact of cooperative membership compared with the effects of other socio- economic factors on farmers’ adoption of technological innovations. Cooperative membership has a high impact compared to other socioeconomic factors such as land access, gender, and educational status. It is recommended that intervention programs in the agricultural sector should focus more attention on strengthening and expanding farmers’ cooperatives for better diffusion and use intensity of innovations and better linking social capital with extension agencies, banks, markets, and agricultural value chains.
Open access journal
Citation : Kolade, O., and Harpham, T. (2014). Impact of cooperative membership on farmers’ uptake of technological innovations in Southwest Nigeria. Development Studies Research, 1(1), pp.340–353.
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