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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 4)
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Gender Dimensions of Time Allocation of Rural Farming Households in Southwest Nigeria

Adeyonu A.G.
Corresponding Author:  A.G. Adeyonu 

Key words:  Gender , rural farming households, Southwest Nigeria, time allocation, , ,
Vol. 4 , (4): 269-276
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2012 February, 02 May 23, 2012 July 30, 2012
Abstract:

This study examines how farmers in rural areas of southwest Nigeria allocate their time to various activities. A time use survey was carried out among 150 farming households with 300 respondents (150 males and 150 females) during rainy and dry seasons. The time use data was analyzed using descriptive statistics such as frequencies, percentages, means and standard deviation. The analysis shows that there are basically three main activity sectors within the rural households namely: farming activity sector, non-farming activity sector and household activity sector. Leisure time of rural farmers is treated as residual. Time allocation to these sectors differs by gender and season of the year. Male allocated more time to farming and non-farming activity sectors than female during the two seasons whereas female allocated more time to household activities than male at all times. Farming and non-farming activity sectors are monetized whereas household sector is not monetized. In all, female allocated more time to work activities hence lesser leisure time than male. The two gender allocated more time to farming activity sector during rainy season than dry season. Female allocated more time to work during dry season than rainy season, whereas male consumed more leisure during dry season than rainy season. Based on the findings, it was recommended that time allocation intervention aiming at reducing the time allocation to household activity without living the sector to suffer be gender and season sensitive.
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Adeyonu A.G., 2012. Gender Dimensions of Time Allocation of Rural Farming Households in Southwest Nigeria .  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 4(4): 269-276.
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