Gender Issues on Economic Diversification Through Agriculture in Nigeria: A Thematic Discuss

Gender Issues on Economic Diversification Through Agriculture in Nigeria: A Thematic Discuss

Ajie, E. N1 and Uche, C2

1.Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
2.University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

American Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences

Traditionally, the relevance of agriculture in economic development rests on the contributions of the agriculture sector in economic development and, women constitute a large proportion of agricultural labour and participants. The contributions of women to agricultural production and economic development in Nigeria are critically underrepresented in spite of the roles they play in the sector. They compete much more favourably than the men in terms of participation in agricultural activities, contributions to agriculture based economy and food security yet, are relegated in decisions concerning agricultural activities. The sustenance of agriculture and agriculture based economic diversification in Nigeria may not be feasible without an adequate recognition of women’s efforts and, therefore should be given a place of pride in decision-making in agricultural activities. Some gender based constraints have been noted to hinder women’s participation in productive agricultural activities. These gender biases exist due to customs and beliefs that confine women to the background. Gender mainstreaming remains one of the options in diversifying the economy with guaranteed effective women participation. It is suggested that Government policies and programs designed to stimulate agricultural production, should take into account the role of women. A gender dimension may be incorporated into all phases of the policy cycle. This should describe in detail a format of how gender can be mainstreamed in every phase of the policy cycle.

Keywords:  Gender Issues, Economic Diversification, Agriculture in Nigeria

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