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					 FARMERS’ PERCEPTIONS AND WILLINGNESS TO PLANT
  MORINGA OLEIFERA LAM. FOR FOOD SECURITY AND
CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN OGUN STATE, NIGERIA.

Progress Report of Research proposal submitted to:Institute
 of Food Security,Environmental Resources and Agircultural
                    Research (IFSERAR)
    Environmental Resources and Conservation Research
                        Programme

            PRESENTED BY :DR. ADEKUNLE,MF
                  PROF.ADEDIRE, MO
                   PROF.LADEBO,O
                   Mr. OLADOYE A.O
                    January 2011
                    Introduction
There has been a clamour for the cultivation and utilisation of
lesser known indigenous plant species like Moringa oleifera in
farming systems. Moringa, because of its socio-economic,
cultural and environmental importance as a drought tolerant
plant.

while a number of studies have been carried out on the origin,
morphology and chemistry of Moringa, little or no efforts have
been made to unearth the prevailing socio-cultural perceptions
and willingness to adopt innovations on the plant amongst its
custodians.
          Objectives of Study
Identify the socio-economics attributes of the
           farmers in the study area.

  -Identify their awareness, knowledge and
     willingness to plant Moringa oleifera

   -To establish relationship between their
  perception of Moringa and selected socio
           economic characteristics.
                   Methodology
This study will be conducted in Ogun state. The state lies
between latitudes 6o and 8 o N and longitudes 2 o. 31 E and 5o E
and covers an area of about 16,400Km2 i.e 1.9% of Nigeria’s
land area. The population in homogenous mostly Yoruba
speaking with 4 sub-ethnic groups namely Egba, Yewa, Ijebu and
Remo. Ogun state has a population of 3.7 million people (NPC,
2006)and predominantly an agrarian society. Further
descriptions of the state are in line with Adekunle (2005).

The multi-stage stratified sampling techniques will be
adopted with random selection of at least a local
government (LGA) in each of Egba, Yewa, Ijebu and Remo
administrative divisions. There after 5 farming villages will
be randomly selected to form the second stage of
sampling.
Investigation on its prevailing socio-cultural perceptions could
accelerate the adoption of the plant and enhance sustainable
development especially among the farming populace who are
more vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition and climate change
related problems.

Hence the relevance of this study as it will assist decision makers
and planners for development of relevant innovative activities on
the plant for subsequent adoption by farmers.

Thirty (30) respondents will later be selected randomly in each of
the 5 villages in each selected LGAs as shown in Table 1 below.
This will sum up to a total of 150 respondents in each LGA
selected. Snow-ball techniques will be used to identify crop
farmers in each of the selected villages.
• The respondents will be interviewed using pre-tested questionnaire
  across the selected LGAs with the aid of field assistants who will be
  trained about the subject matter and are familiar with the
  environment

• The questionnaire will be made to address issues such as socio-
  economic characteristics of the farmers, farmer’s awareness,
  knowledge and willingness to plant Moringa and their perceptions
  of Moringa. This will be complemented with discussions with key
  informants to probe into some of the issues not properly addressed
  with structured interviews.

• Simple descriptive statistical tools such as frequencies, percentages,
  mean bar and pie-charts will be used to summarise the data
  collected. The chi-square and correlation analysis will be used to
  establish the relationship between the farmers’ perception of
  Moringa and some of their selected socio-economics characteristics
• In order to determine how Moringa is perceived by the
  farmers, 6 positive and 4 negative validated perceptional
  statements against a 5-point Likert scale ranging from strongly
  agree (5), agree (4), undecided (3), disagree (2) to strongly
  disagree (1) for positive and vice versa for negative
  perceptions will be administered to the farmers in line with
  Odeyinka et al, (2007).

• Results will be presented in form of tables, chats and figures
  for discussions and management prescriptions.
   Table 1.Procedures and scope of sampling.
Division          LGA             No of Villages   No of Respondnet   Total per LGA




Egba              ?               5                30                 150




Yewa              ?               5                30                 150




Remo              ?               5                30                 150




Ijebu             ?               5                30                 150




                  5               20               120                600
             Result and Discussion
• A survey has been carried out to identify study areas
  for primary data collection. The areas identified so far
  includes Alabata, Ilugun, Odogbolu, Isoyin and Ayepe.

• The instrument of data collection especially the
  questionnaire has been prepared and Field
  enumerators and research assistants has been
  identified, briefed and debriefed about the object and
  scope.

• Field enumerations is near completion and the result
  will be made available in due course

				
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