Article withdrawal of American Journal of Agricultural Research
Effects of Resource- Use Conflicts on Rural Women Farmers in South-east Agro-Ecological Zone of Nigeria
Chikaire, J.U., Ogueri, E.I., Godson-Ibeji, C.C. and Anaeto, F.C.
Department of Agricultural Extension, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
This study analyzed specifically the effects of resource-use conflict especially, land on rural women farmers in Southeast, Nigeria. .A total of 300 rural women farmers were purposively selected from 3 states in southeast where conflicts have occurred. Data collected were analyzed descriptively – using percentages, mean and standard deviation. Results got showed that farmer-farmer conflicts, pastoralists – farmer conflicts and communal conflicts were predominant in the study area with 100% response. The major causes of resource use conflicts were increasing population (M = 3.37), overgrazing of farmland (M =3.35), breakdown of moral economy (M=3.57), pollution of water (M=3.46), among others. The effects on women included reduced crop yields (M=3.37), burning of crops (M= 3.38), reduced farm, reduced income (M=3.01), loss of human lives (M = 3.56), rape/abduction of women (M = 3.00), hatred (M = 2.63), fear (M = 2.57), widowhood (M = 2.93) among others. The following strategies were identified, giving financial assistance to victims (M = 2.65), creating job opportunities (M = 2.53), proper land use planning (M = 2.63), compensation to land owner (M = 3.67).
Keywords: conflicts, farmers, agriculture, health, women