STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING THE PRODUCTIVITY OF RURAL WOMEN FARMERS FOR INCREASED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
The paper focused on the strategies for improving the productivity of rural women farmers. As a result, it x-rayed the production activities carried out by women farmers in the continent of Africa and Nigeria in particular. Such production activities range from animal production, crop production, transportation of crops from farm to the house, processing, storage and marketing, child bearing and rearing etc. The paper went further to reveal some of the constraint faced by these rural women in the production system. Some of these constraints are inherent in the governmental systems while others are inherent in the socio-cultural milieu. Such constraint discussed were difficulty in land acquisition because of land title in most African countries, difficulty in obtaining loans/credits, illiteracy, use of crude implements etc. Based on these constraints, some of the strategies that may help improve the productivity of rural women farmers were identified such as the use of appropriate technologies to help rural women, provision of loan/credits, education and gender equality. Following from the strategies it was recommended that both government and non-governmental agencies should provide the rural women with the necessary skills and technologies to enable them effectively improve their agricultural productivity as well as lighten their household chores; agricultural loans and credits should be made available to women to enhance their productivity and income among others.