The Role of Women in Cassava Production in Awgu L.G.A, of Enugu State, Nigeria
This research work explores the role of women in cassava processing in Agwu Local Government Area of Enugu State. A total of 60 questionnaires were collected after the field survey. The data collected were analyzed based on the objectives of the research work using tables and percentages. The 60 respondents were women, however the questionnaires and oral interview helped to ascertain their role, that of their children and husbands in cassava production. The marital status of the women shows that 58.3% of the women are married, 25% are singles while 16.7% are widows. The response from the women also showed that most of them had large households to feed. The three major cassava products in Agwu include the following: Akpu (foofoo), garri and tapioca (abacha). In the production of cassava it was discovered that more than 50% of the production was carried out by the women. The men only made their contribution during land preparation. The processing of cassava into the three major products was dominated by the women. The dominant role of women in cassava production has paid off in the long run; this is because it has brought about an increase in their income and family nutrition. This has also reduced the rate at which the wives depend on their husband for upkeep. The challenges faced by the women were inadequate labour and difficulties in accessing the markets. To overcome these challenges the women were encouraged to form groups to aid them in accomplishing great tasks and saving money for future needs.