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Ifeanyi-Obi and Ibanichuku

Greener Journal of Social Sciences

Vol. 11(1), pp. 8-14, 2021

ISSN: 2276-7800

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Factors Affecting Rural Women Livelihood Diversification in Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria.



*Ifeanyi-Obi, C.C; Ibanichuku, T.S



Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Nigeria.






Article No.: 120821149

Type: Research

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The study examined the factors affecting rural women livelihood diversification in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State. Two-stage sampling technique was used to select 120 rural women for the study. Data was collected using questionnaire and interview schedule from 99 respondents and were analyzed with descriptive analytical tools. The findings of the study revealed that majority (76.8%) of the rural women were involved in non-farming activity. It was shown that the major reason for rural women livelihood diversification was to gain economic empowerment, assurance of food at all times and means of additional income in their families. The study further revealed that rural women in trying to diversify their livelihood are constrained by so many factors mainly inadequate infrastructures, increase domestic chores, high cost of labour, high cost of transportation, lack of the needed knowledge and skill, poor educational background, poor market network and working longer hours. The study recommended that adult education should be promoted through vocational skill acquisition to help rural women acquire the necessary education they need to diversify their livelihood. In addition, Government should also improve performance of rural women in livelihood diversification by ensuring adequate infrastructures are made available in the rural areas.


Accepted:  10/12/2021

Published: 31/12/2021


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Ifeanyi-Obi CC

E-mail: clara.ifeanyi-obi@

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Diversification, Rural women, livelihood.








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Cite this Article: Ifeanyi-Obi, CC; Ibanichuku, TS (2021). Factors Affecting Rural Women Livelihood Diversification in Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria. Greener Journal of Social Sciences, 11(1): 8-14.


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