African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6691

Full Length Research Paper

Managing national poverty eradication programme for food security among all farmers Association in Nigeria

J. C. Ihemeje
  • J. C. Ihemeje
  • Department of Agricultural Management, University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2373, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.
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B. C. Asogwa
  • B. C. Asogwa
  • epartment of Agricultural Economics, University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2373, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
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J. A. C. Ezihe
  • J. A. C. Ezihe
  • epartment of Agricultural Economics, University of Agriculture, P. M. B. 2373, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
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  •  Received: 22 April 2011
  •  Accepted: 12 June 2014
  •  Published: 17 July 2014

Abstract

The study evaluated the impact of National Poverty Eradication programme (NAPEP) on food security among the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), using data from Kogi State of Nigeria. The study is borne out of the curiosity to address the problems of poverty and hunger in Kogi State of Nigeria. The z-test statistics was used to test the hypothesis at 5% level of significance. The study showed that beneficiaries of NAPEPs intervention had significantly greater output in crops and that their income significantly exceeded that of non-beneficiaries. One of the two major problems that hindered the success of NAPEP is that only a few beneficiaries selected among the numerous individuals are within the low income bracket. The second problem is inadequate loan granted to beneficiaries. Based on this, the paper recommended that NAPEP should increase the number of beneficiaries, increase their loans, intensify provision of central productive input and focus on the processing of agricultural produce. This will add value to the produce, command high prices, increase varieties, generate more employment opportunities, enhance food security and reduce poverty incidence.

 

Key words: National poverty eradication programme, food security, all farmers association of Nigeria, small scale farmers, industrialists.