ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS OF NO POVERTY AND ZERO HUNGER THROUGH THE CULTIVATION OF CASSAVA IN ENUGU SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ENUGU STATE
Keywords:Sustainable Agriculture, Poverty, Hunger, Cassava
The study focussed on achieving the sustainable development goals through the cultivation of cassava to prevent hunger and poverty in Enugu South Local Government Area. Three research questions were answered and three null hypotheses were treated at 0.05 level of significance. One hundred and twenty (120) cassava farmers were purposively selected for the study. A structured questionnaire of 22 items was used as instrument for collection of data. It was validated by three experts and Cronbach Alpha reliability coefficient values of 0.88, 0.79 and 0.92, respectively were obtained. Mean with standard deviation was used to answer the research questions. The t-test was used to test the null hypothesis. The study indicated strategies that would be adopted by cassava farmers for improving cassava production and the barriers to the use of improved cassava production technologies. Conclusively farmers adherence to the strategies revealed in the study and means to overcome the barriers so identified would enhance cassava production in the Local Government Area. Recommendations were made based on the findings and it include that there is need for government at all levels to be highly involved in providing subsidies on farm inputs like fertilizer and agro chemicals in order to assist and encourage the small scale farmers in cassava production to increase productivity.