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Abia State University Medical Students' Association J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Acta Structilia : J. for the Physical and Development Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Theologica     Open Access   (Followers: 12, SJR: 0.282, CiteScore: 0)
Africa Development     Open Access   (Followers: 34, SJR: 0.155, CiteScore: 0)
Africa Sanguine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
African Anthropologist     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
African Crop Science J.     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
African Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.446, CiteScore: 1)
African J. of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
African J. of Biomedical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.145, CiteScore: 0)
African J. of Chemical Education     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
African J. of Clinical and Experimental Microbiology     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.192, CiteScore: 0)
African J. of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Sport Facilitation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
African J. of Drug and Alcohol Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.168, CiteScore: 0)
African J. of Educational Studies in Mathematics and Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
African J. of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development     Open Access   (Followers: 26, SJR: 0.115, CiteScore: 0)
African J. of Governance and Development     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
African J. of Health Professions Education     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
African J. of Infectious Diseases     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 0.243, CiteScore: 0)
African J. of Livestock Extension     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
African J. of Neurological Sciences     Open Access  
African J. of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
African J. of Reproductive Health     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.381, CiteScore: 1)
African J. of Rheumatology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
African J. of Social Work     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
African J. of Sustainable Development     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
African J. of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
African J. on Conflict Resolution     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
African Research Review     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
African Review of Economics and Finance     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
African Sociological Review : Revue Africaine de Sociologie     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Afrika Statistika     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Afrimedic J.     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Afrique Science : Revue Intl.e des Sciences et Technologie     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
AFRREV IJAH : An Intl. J. of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
AFRREV LALIGENS : An Intl. J. of Language, Literature and Gender Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
AFRREV STECH : An Intl. J. of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Agro-Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Agronomie Africaine     Full-text available via subscription  
Agrosearch     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Animal Research Intl.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Annales des Sciences Agronomiques     Full-text available via subscription  
Annals of African Surgery     Open Access  
Annals of Biomedical Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Annals of Humanities and Development Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine     Open Access  
Annals of Modern Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Arab J. of Nephrology and Transplantation     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Archives of Medical and Biomedical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ATBU J. of Environmental Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Bayero J. of Pure and Applied Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bio-Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Biokemistri     Open Access  
Botswana J. of Economics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Botswana J. of Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.24, CiteScore: 1)
Cameroon J. of Experimental Biology     Open Access  
Central African J. of Medicine     Full-text available via subscription  
Communicate : J. of Library and Information Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 68)
Contemporary J. of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Counsellor (The)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Creative Artist : A J. of Theatre and Media Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL)     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Dar Es Salaam Medical Students' J.     Open Access  
East African J. of Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
East African Medical J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.122, CiteScore: 0)
East African Orthopaedic J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
East and Central African J. of Pharmaceutical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
East and Central African J. of Surgery     Open Access  
Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Ebonyi Medical J.     Full-text available via subscription  
Egyptian J. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology     Full-text available via subscription  
Egyptian J. of Biology     Open Access  
Egyptian J. of Natural History     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Egyptian J. of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ESARBICA J. : J. of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the Intl. Council on Archives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Ethiopian J. of Agricultural Sciences     Open Access  
Ethiopian J. of Biological Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ethiopian J. of Business and Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian J. of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Ethiopian J. of Education and Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ethiopian J. of Environmental Studies and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ethiopian J. of Health Development     Open Access   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.131, CiteScore: 0)
Ethiopian J. of Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.418, CiteScore: 1)
Ethiopian J. of Science and Technology     Open Access  
Ethiopian J. of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Ethiopian Pharmaceutical J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ethiopian Veterinary J.     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Filosofia Theoretica : J. of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.123, CiteScore: 0)
FUTY J. of the Environment     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Ghana J. of Agricultural Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ghana J. of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Ghana J. of Forestry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Ghana J. of Geography     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Ghana J. of Linguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ghana Library J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Ghana Medical J.     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.301, CiteScore: 1)
Ghana Mining J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Global Approaches to Extension Practice : A J. of Agricultural Extension     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Global J. of Agricultural Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global J. of Educational Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Global J. of Engineering Research     Full-text available via subscription   (SJR: 0.109, CiteScore: 0)
Global J. of Environmental Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global J. of Geological Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Global J. of Mathematical Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global J. of Pure and Applied Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global J. of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Haramaya Law Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Highland Medical Research J.     Full-text available via subscription  
Huria : J. of the Open University of Tanzania     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Ibadan J. of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
IMTU Medical J.     Full-text available via subscription  
Information Manager (The)     Open Access   (Followers: 30)
Information Technologist (The)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Inkanyiso : J. of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Internet J. of Medical Update     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intl. J. of Applied Agriculture and Apiculture Research     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Intl. J. of Basic, Applied and Innovative Research     Open Access  
Intl. J. of Community Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Intl. J. of Engineering, Science and Technology     Open Access  
Intl. J. of Health Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.101, CiteScore: 0)
Intl. J. of Herbs and Pharmacological Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Intl. J. of Medicine and Biomedical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.104, CiteScore: 0)
Intl. J. of Modern Anthropology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Intl. J. of Pedagogy, Policy and ICT in Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Italian Studies in Southern Africa : Studi d’Italianistica nell’Africa Australe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
J. de la Recherche Scientifique de l'Universite de Lome     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
J. for the Study of Religion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
J. of Agricultural Extension     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.188, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Agricultural Research and Development     Full-text available via subscription  
J. of Agriculture and Food Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
J. of Agriculture and Social Research (JASR)     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
J. of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
J. of Applied Biosciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
J. of Applied Science and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
J. of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
J. of Aquatic Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
J. of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
J. of Computer Science and Its Application     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
J. of Development and Communication Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
J. of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa     Open Access   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.174, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Environmental Extension     Full-text available via subscription  
J. of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences :Tydskrif vir Gesinsekologie en Verbruikerswetenskappe     Open Access  
J. of Health and Visual Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
J. of History and Diplomatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
J. of Language, Technology & Entrepreneurship in Africa     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
J. of Medical and Biomedical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.162, CiteScore: 0)
J. of Medicine and Biomedical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
J. of Meteorology and Climate Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
J. of Pharmaceutical and Allied Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
J. of Pharmacy & Bioresources     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.405, CiteScore: 1)
J. of Religion and Human Relations     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
J. of Research in Forestry, Wildlife and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
J. of Research in National Development     Full-text available via subscription  
J. of Science and Sustainable Development     Full-text available via subscription  
J. of Science and Technology (Ghana)     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
J. of Social Development in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
J. of the Ghana Science Association     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
J. of the South African Society of Archivists     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
J. of Tropical Microbiology and Biotechnology     Full-text available via subscription  
Jos J. of Medicine     Open Access  
KCA J. of Business Management     Open Access  
Kenya Veterinarian     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Kioo cha Lugha     Full-text available via subscription  
Lagos Historical Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Law, Democracy & Development     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Legon J. of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Lwati : A J. of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Madagascar Conservation & Development     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Makerere J. of Higher Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Malawi J. of Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Marang : J. of Language and Literature     Full-text available via subscription  
Medical J. of Zambia     Open Access  
Mizan Law Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Momona Ethiopian J. of Science     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
New Agenda : South African J. of Social and Economic Policy     Full-text available via subscription  
New Egyptian J. of Microbiology     Full-text available via subscription  
Nigeria Agricultural J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Nigerian Dental J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Nigerian Endocrine Practice     Full-text available via subscription  
Nigerian Food J.     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Nigerian Health J.     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Nigerian Hospital Practice     Full-text available via subscription  
Nigerian J. of Animal Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Nigerian J. of Biotechnology     Open Access  
Nigerian J. of Chemical Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Nigerian J. of Clinical Medicine     Full-text available via subscription  
Nigerian J. of Family Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Nigerian J. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology     Full-text available via subscription  
Nigerian J. of Guidance and Counselling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Nigerian J. of Medicine     Full-text available via subscription  
Nigerian J. of Natural Products and Medicine     Full-text available via subscription  
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Nigerian J. of Paediatrics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Nigerian J. of Parasitology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Nigerian J. of Physiological Sciences     Open Access   (SJR: 0.128, CiteScore: 0)
Nigerian J. of Psychiatry     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Nigerian J. of Technological Development     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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  • Assessing IFAD Value Chain Development Programme on productivity and
           income of smallholder farmers in Obafemi-Owode and Yewa North Local
           Government Areas of Ogun State, Nigeria
    • Authors: Temitayo Bamidele, Olawale Olayide, David Onigbinde
      Abstract: Smallholder farmers are faced with the challenges of low productivity, poor access to market, poor processing technology, and a vicious cycle of poverty. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) intervention focused on agriculture using a value chain approach to enhance market access and increase productivity growth and income of smallholder farmers.This study, therefore, assessed the effect of the IFAD Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) on the productivity growth and income of smallholder cassava and rice farmers in Obafemi-Owode and Yewa North local government areas of Ogun State, Nigeria. Ogun State is one of the benefitting states of the IFAD Value Chain Development Programme in Nigeria. The study area comprises a traditionally agrarian population of cassava and rice staple farmers. The VCDP provided input support, agrochemicals, land development and preparation, agricultural processing and equipment and market interventions which are requisite value addition techniques. The beneficiaries of these supports are farmers in the different enterprise units (producers, processors and marketers).Data were collected using structured questionnaires and focused group discussions. The sample size comprised 329 respondents made up of 227 farming households in Obafemi-Owode and 102 farming households in Yewa North local governments areas of Ogun State. Data analysis involved the use of descriptive and inferential statistics. The results revealed that the VCDP has contributed significantly to the productivity growth and income of smallholder farmers in Obafemi-Owode and Yewa North LGAs of Ogun State, Nigeria. It also led to enterprise development, value addition and marketable surpluses. The study also identified the challenges confronting the VCDP, and opportunities for scaling up the programme in Nigeria.Keywords: Smallholder farmers, Value chain, Cassava, Rice, Income
      PubDate: 2019-12-03
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Transaction cost factors affecting the economic life of smallholder paddy
           farmers in Tanzania
    • Authors: Tosin K.W. Gbadegesin, Labode Popoola, Leonard Muhoni
      Abstract: Smallholder farmers (SHFs) constitute more than half of the world’s undernourished people and the majority of people living in absolute poverty. Due to high transaction costs, lack of access to financial services, inaccessibility to more remunerative markets, and immediate cash needs, many sell their harvest when prices are low, then buy when prices are high for lack of household stock. Though numerous studies exist on the effects of transaction costs on smallholder farmers, many do not focus on how these affect smallholder paddy farmers. The objective of this study was to enumerate market factors affecting smallholder farmers and investigate those that influence the transaction costs of smallholder farmers. The study used multi-stage sampling techniques consisting of purposive sampling based on paddy productivity, knowledge of market, etc. and simple random sampling of balloting to select the five key informants and 315 smallholder paddy farmers with an average of nine persons per group thereby constituting about 30% of the total  1021 population. The study observed the market participation requirements of respondents and found that 82.5% stated that it is difficult while only 19% see the market size as large. Further, 72.4% have their customers as small quantity buyers, and 62.2% reportedly rated market prices as poor. The results show that most of the customers are small quantity buyers, which buttresses the fact that inadequate access to markets for smallholder farmers is one of the key factors affecting reduction of transaction cost, a challenge currently prevailing in the sub-Saharan African agricultural sector.Keywords: Smallholder Farmers, Transaction Cost, Market Factors, Paddy Productivity
      PubDate: 2019-12-03
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Effectiveness of knowledge and skills development programmes in improving
           productivity of smallholder farmers’ organizations: post-harvest
           management of fruits and vegetables in Tanzania
    • Authors: Bukola Lawal, Olawale Olayide, Bertha Mjawa
      Abstract: This study assessed the effectiveness of the delivery of knowledge and skills development programmes in improving the productivity of smallholder farmers. The study identified the post-harvest handling skills acquired and their effect on productivity, including yield, quantity of crop loss after harvesting, and income of farmers. Quantitative and qualitative data of a representative of 255 beneficiaries were captured through interviews with the aid of structured questionnaires. The quantitative data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Qualitative data were also gathered through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews.The average farm monthly income of farmers before and after the training were $41.12 and $72.96 respectively. The mean yield before the training for round potatoes and cauliflower were 1905.13kg/acre and 976.11kg/acre  respectively, which significantly increased to 2696.13kg/acre and 1415.42kg/acre respectively after the training. Results indicated that skills for post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables were acquired during the training. These skills contributed significantly to decrease post-harvest loss of fruits and vegetables and increase yields and average incomes.The overall effect of the development programmes on the productivity of smallholder farmers was positive. However, to further improve productivity, the farmers need more training on post-harvest handling management, climate resilient agricultural practices, and prevention of pest invasion.Keywords: Knowledge, Post-harvest loss, Productivity, Income, Climate resilience
      PubDate: 2019-12-03
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Assessment of afforestation activities in Embu and Kirinyaga Counties of
           Kenya
    • Authors: Idowu Owoeye, Olawale Olayide, Paul Njuguna
      Abstract: This study assessed afforestation activities in Embu and Kirinyaga counties in Kenya and the contributions of the Upper Tana Natural Resources Management Project (UTaNRMP) to livelihood and environmental sustainability. Quantitative and qualitative research methods were adopted for the study. The representative sample of 421 households was randomly selected and interviewed with the aid of a well-structured questionnaire. Focus group discussions and key informant interviews were also conducted. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics.Results revealed that afforestation in the catchment area has improved and the presence of community forest associations (CFAs) has led to increases in forest cover in most of the forests as areas initially degraded have been rehabilitated and there has been enhanced species regeneration. For instance, the New Njukiri CFA in Embu West, Kirimari Ward, has planted 150,000 tree seedlings, 75% exotic and 25% indigenous tree species, in 2 years (2015-2017) with an average survival rate of 75%, while the Kangaita Community Forest Users Association has rehabilitated 55 hectares of the Kangaita Forest in Kirinyaga County. The UTaNRMP has led to improvements in the level of mutual accountability, conservation awareness, and learning. Communities have  embraced new sources of income like ecotourism, beekeeping and the Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Scheme (PELIS) which has helped in increasing forest cover as well as improving food security. The study revealed improved income as the average household monthly income was over 20,000Ksh. Similarly, the average household meals per day was 3 meals and 81.7% of the households indicated no hunger in the last 1 month before the study. Results also revealed that social and economic factors significantly influenced livelihood diversification and afforestation in the catchment area.Overall, the UTaNRMP has contributed significantly to livelihood diversification, increased level of afforestation, enhanced community-based mutual accountability and learning as well as ensured environmental sustainability. However, there is the need to put in place a sustainable natural resources management framework for enhancing a sustainable balance in afforestation and livelihood in Kenya.Keywords: Climate change, Agricultural livelihood, Afforestation, Adaptation, Environmental sustainability
      PubDate: 2019-12-03
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Effects of Rwanda Dairy Development Project on the livelihood of dairy
           farmers in the Western Province of Rwanda
    • Authors: Olusegun Taiwo, Olanrewaju Olaniyan, Alexis Ndagijimana
      Abstract: The dairy sub-sector of the agricultural sector in Rwanda is crucial for rural development, poverty reduction, nutrition improvement and food security. Dairy farmers in Rwanda have faced many challenges which affect their livelihood. The government of Rwanda (GoR), in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), recently set up the Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP) as one of the projects to promote the development of the dairy industry.The study was carried out with the aim of assessing the effects of farm ownership, access to credit and the Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP) on the livelihood of dairy farmers in the Western Province of Rwanda and identifying the best practices in climate adaptation strategies outlined by the dairy farmers. The results show that dairy farmers who owned and operated their farms (self-owned) experienced an increase in  income during the RDDP and more farmers have moved from renting and joint ownership of farms to solely owning farms due to them receiving cows from the project. Also, dairy farmers now have easy access to credit facilities for dairy business. Several benefits received from the RDDP (Training, Vaccinations, Semen, Artificial Insemination and Forage seeds) have helped the farmers to adopt better farming practices which have improved their monthly income. Climate change affects the diary farming business, however, the farmers have recognized some adaptation strategies for climate change.Recommendations were given among which are that more dairy farmers should be encouraged to join cooperatives for easier access to credit and loan; more effort should go into sensitising the farmers about the RDDP and the benefits available and more training on climate-smart agriculture should continue; also that more information on climate change and its effects should be easily accessed by dairy farmers. The Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP) has been of benefit to the dairy farmers in Rwanda while improving their livelihood.Keywords: Livelihood, Dairy sub-sector, Intervention, Dairy farmers, Rwanda Dairy Development Project
      PubDate: 2019-12-03
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019)
       
  • Effect of rural enterprises programme on livelihood and empowerment of
           micro and small enterprises in the Ashanti Region of Ghana
    • Authors: Lydia Olanike Oladapo, Olawale Olayide, Cletus Kayenwee
      Abstract: Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) are usually the core drivers of economic growth, innovation and job creation in an economy. They are the backbone of developing countries and majorly contribute to their gross domestic product. Ghana’s Rural Enterprises Program (REP), sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Ghana (GoG), is part of the government’s efforts to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in the rural areas. One of the major components of this programme is “Access to Business Development Services”(BDS).This study focused on MSE beneficiaries of Business Development Services in the Atwima Mponua and Kwabre East districts of the Ashanti region of Ghana. The essence of the study is: to determine the effect that the BDS of the Rural Enterprises Program has had on the MSEs in terms of their livelihood as it pertains to income, asset acquisition and other aspects of their livelihood; to determine the level of empowerment of beneficiaries prior to and after the business  development interventions; and to examine the challenges they face.Primary data was gathered through the administration of 366 structured questionnaires, key informant interviews, in-depth interviews and a focus group discussion. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the data and the five Domains of Empowerment (5DE) sub-index of the Women in Agriculture Index (WEAI) were employed to determine the level of empowerment of beneficiaries of the BDS.The results indicate that the BDS intervention improved the livelihoods of the MSE owners, led to job creation, improved the businesses of the MSEs, created a source of income for those who had none before the intervention, increased the income of those who had businesses prior to the intervention, led to empowerment of the MSE owners and has also empowered women more than men.The study recommended that the government of Ghana, IFAD and AfDB should endeavour to continue this programme and work towards ensuring its sustainability.Keywords: Micro and small enterprises, Business Development Services, Rural livelihood, Empowerment
      PubDate: 2019-12-03
      Issue No: Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019)
       
 
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