International Journal of Agriculture and Nutrition
2019, Vol. 1, Issue 3
Gender specific roles in agricultural entrepreneurship development in Kebbi south senatorial Disrict
Muhammad A Muhammad, Yohanna J Alhassan, Isiyaku Haruna
This study examined the specific roles of men and women in agricultural entrepreneurship development in kebbi south senatorial district, Nigeria. The specific objectives were to: describe the socio-economic characteristic of men and women in agricultural entrepreneurship development, assess the role of men and women in agro-inputs business; and identify the constraints to entrepreneurship development in the area. Data for the research was obtained from forty eight (48) owners of entrepreneurship centres to include (24 wholesalers and retailers each) were purposively selected. The result revealed that the majority (62.5%) of men and women entrepreneurs had senior secondary school education. Also, majority (81.3%) of agro- business were owed by men. Self-generated income was found to be the major source of fund for starting businesses for both men and women. On staff employed, majority were (65%) men as against 35% women employees. The types of operations carried out by the male employees indicates loading/off-loading driving, trainings of field workers and security guards while sales and records keeping are mostly done by women (53%). Major challenges to agricultural entrepreneurship development were high taxation (45.1%) and difficulties in sourcing foreign exchange (21.9%). Agricultural policies aimed at encouraging more women participation in agricultural entrepreneurship development and low taxation were recommended by the research as ways of addressing the challenges affecting men and women in the execution of their specific roles in agriculture.