Authors : Olabisi A. Ilebani, Veronica Magaji, Philemon Lache, Agbontale Agnes O. and Igbegwu Francis C.
Abstract: The study examined the determinants of cassava production in Eastern Region of Ghana. A total of 96 farmers were purposively selected across the region. data which comprised information on the socio-economic characteristics and other qualitative tools were employed to explore the study. Data were collected through a structured interview guide, relevant PRA tools and Focus Group Discussion (FGD). The social-economic characteristics were analysed using descriptive statistics such as percentages and frequencies; a combination of PRA tools such as proportional piling, in-depth interviews and personal; observation were used to extract information during the study. The study revealed that socioeconomic characteristics such as age of the farmers, on-farm and off-farm occupation, household size, level of education of farmers, farms size and income were all important factors that affected the production of cassava in the study area. With regard to the benefits and importance of cassava production in the study area, it has become so, imperative to explore ways to improve and increase cassava production by introducing Good Agronomic Practices (GAP) that will enhance productivity among cassava farmers. This will go a long way in ensuring food security, increasing the earnings and improving the livelihood of the smallholder farmers. This study was based in Eastern Region of Ghana but may have implications for other regions in Ghana and other countries in West Africa with similar situation.
Olabisi A. Ilebani, Veronica Magaji, Philemon Lache, Agbontale Agnes O. and Igbegwu Francis C., 2020. Socio-Economic Determinants of Cassava Production in Eastern Region of Ghana. Research Journal of Applied Sciences, 15: 234-239.