The Socioeconomic Situation of Small-Scale Farmers in Nigeria

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Mönikes, Volker (Arbeitsstelle für Entwicklungsländerforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • V. Mönikes, Arbeitsstelle für Entwicklungsländerforschung, Universität zu Köln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Agricultural, forestry and rural industry
    • Rural economics
  • Abstract

    Socio-economic situation and problems of farmers, information about cultivation and selling of crops as well as attitudes towards extension-workers and modern methods of cultivation. Issues: Years at school; number of wives; bride price; number of people to feed in household; ownership of consumer goods; memberships and amount of contributions; use of savings; poultry and cattle owner- ship; farm size; distance to farmland; access to farmland; mode of acquisition of farmland; changes in farm size; mode of additional acquisition of farmland or reasons for reduction of farmland; changes in quality of farmland and reasons for changes; comparison of quality of own farmland with others and reasons for differences; number of cultivated crops; number of crops cultivated with fertilizer, chemicals and im- proved seeds; proportion of sold crops; proceeds from selling crops; expenditure for fertilizer, chemicals, improved seeds, tractors and hired labour as well as total expenses; source of instructions for using fertilizer and chemicals; difficulties with instructions and reasons for problems; knowledge and use of modern methods of cultivation; preference for modern or traditional methods of cultivation; main problems of using modern methods; number of workdays on the farmland performed by family members and other workers; kind of work which requires other people´s help; own work on other men´s fields and reason for this activities; place to purchase fertilizer, chemicals and seeds; additional sources of income and kind of activities; income from non-agricultural activities; contacts to extension-worker as well as frequency and place of contacts; perceived improvement by activities of extension-worker; advantages or disadvantages by activities of extension-worker in comparison to other farmer and reason for disadvantage; person for discussion of farm problems; frequency of discussing farm problems with other people as well as own role in these discussions; expectations towards adviser in farm problems; detailed informations about cultivation, use of fertilizer, chemicals and improved seeds as well as the proceeds from different products culti- vated. The file contains additional informations about the presence of other persons during the interview and the name of the interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-10 / 1985-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Benue (NG-BE)
    Benue State, Nigeria
Sampled Universe
Farmers in 6 villages or segments.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral interview with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 257
    Number of Variables: 234
This study is part of an extensive research project in which the main focus is on qualitative survey methods.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5007 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Marx, Michael T.; Mönikes, Volker; Seibel, Hans Dieter: Soziokulturelle Faktoren der Entwicklung in afrikanischen Gesellschaften. Saarbrücken: Breitenbach 1988. (Kölner Beiträge zur Entwicklungsländerforschung, Band 13)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22