Participation and Altitude of Beneficiaries to the Third National Fadama Development Project


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The study assessed the attitude to and participation of beneficiaries in the Third National Fadama Development Project in Kogi State, Nigeria. One hundred randomly selected beneficiaries were used. Data were collected with the aid of a structured interview schedule and analyzed by the use of mean scores and factor analysis. The results reveal that beneficiaries participated at collegial, consultative, and collaborative levels in different activities of the project. The majority (74.0%) of the respondents were satisfied with the objective, activities, and operational modalities of the project. The respondents, however, indicated that the project was constrained by production, institutional, and financial factors. The study recommends that beneficiaries should be encouraged to be self- mobilized in certain areas of the project like design,
implementation and supervision of sub-project, selecting services, service providers and location of productive assets. The government, both state and local should ensure timely and adequate provision of fund to facilitate effective implementation of activities in critical areas such as capacity building, demand driven adaptive research, mobility of facilitators and others, which largely influence performance of the project in terms of realizing the objectives.


Agriculture is the backbone of Nigeria’s economy, despite being a leading producer of oil in the African region. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (2012), agriculture generated 34.47 percent growth in the economy outside the oil sector in 2011. Before the oil booms of the 1970s and 1980s, Nigeria had a vibrant agriculture sector and for a while
was self-sufficient in food production and was a key exporter of several agricultural commodities, notably, cocoa, oil palm products, rubber, and groundnuts. However excessive real exchange rate appreciation and overvaluation following the oil booms, along with distortions induced by an import substitution industrialization policy, reduced agricultural competitiveness and investment (Ekpo and Umoh, 2012).

In response, the federal government of Nigeria has evolved and implemented several agricultural programmes. According to Oriola (2009) these programmes were designed to revolutionize the agricultural sector of the Nigerian economy which was derailing from its normal contribution to the economy. However, while many of these
programmes have gone moribund, some were short lived, and others have remarkable impact, though not without challenges or limitations.
The National Fadama Development Program (NFDP) came on board as a result of the success recorded by the small scale irrigation projects carried out by the Agricultural Development Programs (ADPs) in fadama areas.


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