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Cost-sharing of agricultural technology transfer in Nigeria: perceptions of farmers and extension professionals

Ozor, N., Agwu, A. E., Chukwuone, N. A., Madukwe, M. C. and Garforth, C. J. (2007) Cost-sharing of agricultural technology transfer in Nigeria: perceptions of farmers and extension professionals. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 13 (1). pp. 23-37. ISSN 1381-2335

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13892240601162072

Abstract/Summary

Cost-sharing, which involves government-farmer partnership in the funding of agricultural extension service, is one of the reforms aimed at achieving sustainable funding for extension systems. This study examined the perceptions of farmers and extension professionals on this reform agenda in Nigeria. The study was carried out in six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. A multi-stage random sampling technique was applied in the selection of respondents. A sample size of 268 farmers and 272 Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) extension professionals participated in the study. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used in analysing the data generated from this research. The results show that majority of farmers (80.6%) and extension professionals (85.7%) had favourable perceptions towards cost-sharing. Furthermore, the overall difference in their perceptions was not significant (t =0.03). The study concludes that the strong favourable perception held by the respondents is a pointer towards acceptance of the reform. It therefore recommends that government, extension administrators and policymakers should design and formulate effective strategies and regulations for the introduction and use of cost-sharing as an alternative approach to financing agricultural technology transfer in Nigeria.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:9014
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cost-sharing, Agricultural technology transfer, Perceptions, Nigeria

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