GENDER ANALYSIS OF MAIZE PRODUCTION IN ASA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
This study analyzed maize production through the gender lens in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State. The specific objectives of the research are to: determine the level of access to production assets among men and women maize farmers and; analyze the profitability of male and female-owned maize farms in the study area. These objectives were analyzed using: Descriptive statistics, Gross margin, and return on investment. The results revealed that 43% of the males had access to credit while only 30% of the females were privileged to acquire credit. Also, male farmers have greater access to land, extension contact, and other productive assets than their female counterparts. Also, the study revealed that for every ₦1 invested, ₦1.5 was gained as returns to maize production amongst the men involved in the production and ₦2.12 was made as returns to maize production by the female maize farmers involved in the production. This implied that maize farming is a profitable venture in the study area. However, female-owned farms were more profitable. It is therefore recommended that policies and programs the address farmers’ access to production assets should be more inclusive.
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