ASSESSMENT OF THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN ANAMBRA STATE

Author: Okafor Ifeoma
Department: Cooperative Economics and Management
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

This study dwelt on assessments of participation of women in agricultural cooperative societies in Anambra Slate, focusing at determining the extent to which the socio economic background of the women cooperators in agricultural cooperatives have affected their participation, the extent to which women are involved in the leadership of the cooperatives and their depth of involvement in deciding the goals of the cooperatives. To accomplish the objectives of the study, three hundred and fifty six (356) farmer cooperators were randomly selected from the four agricultural zones in Anambra State. In this research, descriptive analytical methods were extensively used. These include frequency distribution tables, percentages, bar chart, doughnut chart and average mean. To determine the extent to which women are involved in the leadership of the cooperatives and also The women’s involvement in deciding goals , five points Liken scale analysis were employed. For the hypotheses posed, inferential statistics were used to analyse the three formulated hypotheses. Hypothesis one was tested with regression while hypotheses two and three were tested with Paired t-Test model. The research revealed that the socio economic backgrounds of the women have significant effect\relationship with their level of participation. The research also revealed that women participate significantly in agricultural cooperative goal setting and decision, making process .Optimal realization of these objectives were hindered by gender discrimination, poor access lo extension services, cultural hindrances illiteracy and weak educational exposure, household responsibilities, long distance to meeting venues etc. In order to overcome these challenges, proper education, skill acquisition and training should be given to women, this will help them to participate and also acquire more knowledge on how to manage agricultural business. Again, there should be no discrimination on whom to assume the executive positions, everyone should be given equal opportunity to democratically participate in the management of cooperative business. This will encourage the women and motivate them to superior performance. More so, women cooperators should at all time provide ideas that will bring about growth and development to their societies. By so doing, their opinion will always be sought and their fellow members and societies will always recognize their presence and impact.

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