Estimation of the Difference in Agricultural Yield between Male and Female Farmers in Nigeria

Epiyaigha Ekerebi and Oluwafunmiso Olajide O. Adeola. 2017. Estimation of the Difference in Agricultural Yield between Male and Female Farmers in Nigeria. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research Brief 28. East Lansing: Michigan State University.


KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • On average, male farmers have higher household assets and higher harvest value than female farmers. Female farmers are less involved in mechanized and irrigation farming and use less fertilizer. Uncertain fluctuations in climatic conditions leads to a decrease of crop yields of farmers in Nigeria.
  • Climate variables also indirectly contribute to the difference in yields between male and female farmers in Nigeria, but its indirect contribution to crop yield was not estimated.
  • Differences in level of education, wealth status and access to irrigation might account for a part of the harvest value gap.

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