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NISER calls for bridging of gender gaps in agricultural loan

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The Nigerian Institute Of Social and Economic Research (NISER) Ibadan, has urged the Federal Government to bridge gender gaps in issuing of agricultural loan.

Dr Olorunfemi Ogundele of Agriculture and Food Policy Department, NISER, made the call on Tuesday at the institute’s August research seminar in Ibadan.

Ogundele spoke on the theme: “Gender Gap in Credit Use and Farm-Level Technical Efficiency in Smallholder Agricultural: Lessons for Nigeria”.

He said that men and women should have equal access to human controlled factors in agriculture.

“This issue can’t really be neglected; the gap is not the problem but what the gap can create. Women have difficulties in accessing productive resources.

“Increased access to and use of credit will provide opportunity to meet their production and consumption expenditures in order to attain implication for efficiency and productivity.

“Gender gap in loan size more than double for male headed household and this is highly significant.

“Index of human capital development biased against female headed household. Use of critical efficiency induced inputs biased against female headed household,” he said.

According to him, Nigerian women contribute about 70 per cent to agricultural work force.He called on the Federal Government to establish a system of sustainable agricultural financing schemes, programmes and institutions.

Ogundele also called for a “system that can provide micro and macro credit facilities for all stakeholders along the value phases”.

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