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Credit sources, access and factors influencing credit demand among rural livestock farmers in Nigeria

Silong, A. and Gadanakis, Y. (2020) Credit sources, access and factors influencing credit demand among rural livestock farmers in Nigeria. Agricultural Finance Review, 80 (1). pp. 68-90. ISSN 0002-1466

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/AFR-10-2018-0090

Abstract/Summary

Rural farmers’ access to farm credit in Nigeria has been very low, which affects farm performance, and credit providers have blamed for the problem in the sector. While this general perception persists, the fact may be the case of credit demand, rather than just the risk-averse attitudes of credit providers. The research, therefore, sets to investigate significant factors influencing farmers’ credit demand to ensure efficient credit provision. The research adopted mixed methods for an in-depth investigation into the problem. There were 216 research participants split into equal halves of men and women from six Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State. Data collection methods employed structured interviews, focus group discussions, close/open-ended, and key informant interviews. Analytical tools involved descriptive statistics, the logit and multinomial logit models to determine participants’ socioeconomic characteristics, sources of credit, access, factors influencing credit demand generally, and from the various sources of credit identified. Findings reveal only 47.6% of the participants accessed to credit, with fewer women accessing than men. The most accessed forms of credit are from the semi-formal credit sources, with more men accessing from formal sources and more women from non-formal sources. Factors having a significant influence on credit demand generally are education, group membership and household size. And from formal, semi-formal and non-formal credit sources are 1); education, information on sources of credit, deposits, household size and marital status, 2); education, deposits, group membership, household size, flock size, and 3); education, group membership, and gender from the non-formal credit providers, respectively. Due to time constraint, this study data were collected concurrently with both quantitative and qualitative methods and did not allow for the interrogation of findings from one method with the other. In addition, the research categorised the agency of women based on marital status only as single or married and did not interrogate the agency of women further, this may be a limitation as some of the female participants are from polygamous homes. Unlike the current concentration of Nigerian research of this kind with quantitative methods alone, this research contributes particularly to Nigerian research output and experience by triangulating both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore farmers sources of credit, access, and factors determining access to credit in the study area.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Farm Management Unit
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Agricultural and Food Investigational Team (AFIT)
ID Code:85405
Publisher:Emerald

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