The information is very helpful for understanding how smallholder farmers in Nigeria consider farming, their livelihoods, and their futures. Some key take-aways from the survey include:
• Smallholders take pride in their agricultural activities, and most want to expand. The youngest generation of smallholders shows the most interest in agriculture. They account for over one-third of smallholder households, and many have been farming for more than six years.
• Most smallholders say they can provide for their families’ monthly needs, though they live in poverty. They earn their income from agricultural activities and consider farming to be their primary job. Buying groceries and paying for transportation are their largest routine expenses.
• Smallholder families view farming as a family business. Labor is largely sourced from family members. Family and friends are also the main source of information on agricultural activities and financial practices.
Go to the full article to get the background of the survey and the resulting findings, as well as three more key take-aways!