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Efficacy of the Ekiti State Anti-grazing Law. Key Stakeholders' Perspectives

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  • Nathaniel S. Olutegbe (Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
  • Oke O. Ogungbaro (Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria)

Abstract

The study examines the perceived efficacy of the Ekiti state Anti-grazing Law (EAGL) as a strategy for managing farmers-herders conflict among stakeholders. Quantitative information was obtained from 148 crop farmers and 73 Fulani pastoralists selected through a multi-stage sampling procedure, while a total of five Focus Group Discussion sessions and In-depth Interviews were also conducted. Analyses of results were carried out using frequency counts mean t-test and Tobit regression. A significant proportion (82.4%; 90.4%) of crop farmers and herdsmen, respectively had a high level of knowledge of the EAGL, perceived the EAGL to have substantial limitations (97.3% crop farmers; 100.0% herdsmen) as measures adopted for conflict management, with poor consultation and mobilization of stakeholders as the most rated factor. Also, 70.3% of crop farmers, but only 8.2% of herdsmen rated the efficacy of the EAGL as high. Farmers and herdsmen were significantly different in their perceived limitation (t =12.44) and efficacy (t = 11.84) of the EAGL. Years of experience (β = 0.102), farm size (β = 0.0001), herd size (β = -0.112) and perceived limitation (β = 0.228) and being a crop farmer (β = 6.689) were predictors of the perceived efficacy of the EAGL. A robust stakeholder analysis and engagement is advocated for the sustainable management of conflicts and commons in future interventions.

KEY WORDS: PERCEIVED EFFICACY, CROP FARMERS, HERDSMEN, CONFLICT

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Olutegbe, N. & Ogungbaro, O., (2020) “Efficacy of the Ekiti State Anti-grazing Law. Key Stakeholders' Perspectives”, Afrika Focus 33(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/af.v33i2.17580

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19 Dec 2020
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