Risk and risk management strategies of smallholder onion farmers in Sokoto state, Nigeria

Oyeyode Tohib OBALOLA, Opeyemi Eyitayo AYINDE


The study examines risk and its management strategies among smallholder onion farmers in Sokoto State. Data were collected with the use of structured questionnaire designed to pull together information on the socioeconomic characteristics of the farmers in the area such as age, level of education, experience, family size, membership of farmer association, extension contact, risk preference of the farmers etc. Data was also collected on risk sources and risk management strategies.  The primary data used were obtained from structured questionnaire administered to 120 randomly selected farmers. The analytical techniques that were used in the analysis of data were descriptive statistical tools such as means and percentages, Equally Likely Certainty Equivalent with a Purely Hypothetical Risky prospect (ELCEPH) technique and the 5-point Likert scale. The result showed that majority of the farmers are risk averse having a positive Arrow-Pratt absolute risk aversion coefficient.


risk; risk management; onion; smallholder farmers; strategies; ELCEPH

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14720/aas.2018.111.3.04


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