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Gender roles in urban crop production in Imo State, Nigeria

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A.N. Asadu
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Promoting urban agriculture has become important in developing countries as a strategy for poverty alleviation. This study, done in Imo state, Nigeria, aims to understand the agricultural practices and associated gender dynamics in developing countries. The results show that a noticeable majority of urban farmers are females of mean age (40 years old). Mixed crop cultivation is the primary cropping system used with Cassava, with maize and Telfaria being the top three food crops grown. While both adult men and women are involved in obtaining land for production, the whole family is involved in fertilisation and harvesting. Weeding and processing seem to mainly involve females, while the use of herbicides and insecticides primarily involve men.