Management of Agricultural Innovations: Implications on Food Security in Nigeria

Abstract

The article aimed to investigate the management of agricultural innovations: implications on food security in Nigeria specifically, agricultural innovation methods, benefits of adoption, impact on agricultural productivity, management of innovations and constraint faced by farmers in adoption of innovations. The article was guided by four research questions and two hypotheses tested at p ≤.05. The study adopted a descriptive research design, using a total of 103 (51= crop production) and (52 = animal rearing) farmers selected through a proportionate sampling method from 1300 farmers in Jos North, Jos Nigeria as sample for the study. The questionnaire was used to gather data. The psychometric yielded the following: CVR=1 through Lawshe’s (1975) method and r-coefficient=0.86 using Cronbach Alpha. Data gathered was analyzed using frequency counts and percentages to answer all the research questions through the application of MS Excel 2012 while, using STATAMP 14, the Pearsman Product Moment Correlation (PPMC) was used to establish the linear relationship between the variables under study. The study found hydroponic-No soil needed, aeroponics-growing plants in midair, aquaponics, water reduction intake and utilization by both plants and livestock, Harvest Quality Vision-HQV among others as various methods of agricultural innovations available to farmers. The study established that, the extent to which these innovations are beneficial to farmers is dependent on the availability of the methods. Although, farmers perceived the importance of innovation as a medium to improve food production if innovators manage their innovations through farm organization. The study found that farmers often encountered high cost of innovations, poor level of awareness and environmental factors as constraint towards adopting agricultural innovations. The study concluded that, to ensure food security in the country, there is the need for adoptable innovations. Therefore, platforms made for management of innovation should be made effective to further encourage farmers towards adoption and continuity. 

Keywords: Food Security, Implications, Management, Nigeria, agricultural innovations

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37745/ejbir.2013/vol10n71530

Article Review Status: Published

Pages: 15-30 (Download PDF)

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