Capacity Training Programme and Output: Empirical Evidences from the Rice Farmers Participation in USAIDS MARKETS Projects in Kebbi State, Nigeria
AbstractCapacity building is a key factor to employee/worker’s performance as well as organisational output. Therefore, poor yield and low quality of locally produced rice despite many capacity building interventions for rice farmers necessitated this study entitled “Rice farmers’ participation in “USAID-MARKETS” project capacity building and the effects on their output in Kebbi State, Nigeria”. The study compared output and income of the project participants against the non-project participants. Using multi stage sampling techniques, primary data were collected from 480 rice farmers through semi-structured questionnaire and interview schedule. The t-test analysis revealed a significant difference between the outputs of the project participants compared to the non-participants. Likewise, the study equally revealed that the income of the participants was significantly higher than the non-participants. Hence there was significant effect of “USAID-MARKETS” on rice farmers output and income. In conclusion, “USAID-MARKETS” capacity building significantly increased farmers’ rice production and income in the study area, however findings from this study also showed that there was a drop in these variables when compared to what was obtained before the capacity building project ended due to inadequate access to farm inputs, extension services and ready markets. The study strongly recommends the need to scale up the “USAID-MARKETS” capacity building project in a sustainable manner, in order to strengthen the capacity of rice farmers for increase output and income.Key words: output, training, rice farmer, capacity building
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