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AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN INFORMATION NEEDS OF PERI-URBAN WOMEN FARMERS IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA
This paper examines the agricultural value chain information needs of peri-urban women farmers of Imo State, Nigeria. A total of 250 peri-urban women farmers were randomly selected and interviewed using questionnaire/oral discussion. Date collected were analyzed using descriptive tools such as percentages, mean and standard deviation. Results showed that respondents need agricultural value chain information on production and storage as shown by 98% response, marketing/business development (100%), financial services (98.8%), processing/packaging (88%), and transportation/trading/distribution (93.6%). The following information devices/sources played vital roles –radio (84%), mobile phones (100%), television (62%), newspaper/magazines (55.4%), and extension agents (49.6%) among others. On the roles of information sources/devices in value chain promotion, ICT device/sources provide information on time of planting, availability of seeds/input, reducing time of business transactions, financial services provision and market prices among roles.
Keywords: Agriculture, value chain, information, peri-urban, women farmers