Acta Scientific Agriculture

Research ArticleVolume 2 Issue 7

Socio-cultural Dimensions and Indicators of Poverty in Nigeria: A Qualitative Assessment

Adesoji SA* and Falode OM

Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Adesoji S A, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Received: April 25, 2018; Published: June 18, 2018

Citation: Adesoji SA and Falode OM. “Socio-cultural Dimensions and Indicators of Poverty in Nigeria: A Qualitative Assessment". Acta Scientific Agriculture 2.7 (2018).


  The study identified and described the socio-cultural dimension and indicators of poverty among the rural dwellers of Osun State, Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was used to select 15 respondents each from 16 communities in four Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State. A total of 240 respondents were sampled and interviewed for the study. Structured interview schedule was used to elicit quantitative information from the respondents. Focus Group Discussion and Key Informant interview were also used to collect qualitative data. Data generated were subjected to descriptive analysis using mean, percentage and standard deviation. Also, the content analyses of the qualitative information were carried out with Atlas. ti. The results showed that the mean age of respondents was 50.08 ± 13.274 years. Also, above average (52.1%) of the respondents did not have formal education. The mean annual income from farming was 200,979.17 ± 166,645.402 naira. Furthermore, four socio-cultural dimensions of poverty were identified as Poverty (aini ), penury (osi), poverty-stricken (ise) and impoverishment (iya). These were described with various interconnected indicators as revealed by Atlas.ti. It was concluded that the four dimensions of poverty were well pronounced in the state.

Keywords: Poverty; Socio-cultural; Dimension and Indicators; Qualitative assessment

Copyright: © 2018 desoji SA and Falode OM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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