Food production problems of small farmers in low-technology nations: some evidence from Nigeria

Awa , N.E. (1980) Food production problems of small farmers in low-technology nations: some evidence from Nigeria. Other. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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In low-technology nations, population growth has outstripped the supply and demand of food. Most rapid growth in population has been focused in cities. Urbanization has tended to destroy the adequacy of traditional agricultural practices, stripping labour and sometimes land from the farmers. Increased rural productivity and a complex, sophisticated economic infrastructure are required to deliver rural produce to the hungry cities. The stresses exerted on a national economy by such massive relocations have drawn national governments into large-scale agricultural planning, but little has been done to achieve a balance between population growth and food production. Nigeria is typical of low-technology nations in facing a food crisis. An investigation into the possibility of increased agricultural production in Nigeria shows that farmers, especially those who operate on a small scale, function under a variety of structural and infrastructural constraints that tend to hinder efforts at increased production. Chief among these are: (1) a discriminatory credit system; and (2) an absence of infrastructural support system. The findings carry important policy considerations for low-technology nations

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Subjects: Plant Production > Production Practices
Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Crop Improvement
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 05:38
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2012 05:38

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