The contribution of social capital to banana/plantain production in Irewole Local Government Area, Osun State, was investigated in this report. Social capital can be described as an asset that banana/plantain producers need in order to expand their production in order to increase household food security and ensure a sustainable livelihood that contributes to the nation’s overall food security. According to the survey, respondents were also divided into different social groups. A multistage sampling technique was used to select the sample for the study. Three rural-based wards were chosen at random, with two villages from each ward chosen at random. A total of 110 people were chosen as respondents. The data was summarised using descriptive statistics like pie and bar charts, and the data was analysed using inferential statistical methods like chi-square and regression analysis. 36.0 percent of those polled were between the ages of 60 and 69. Males dominated the banana/plantain industry (94.0 percent ). 97.0 percent of respondents are members of religious organisations, while 6.0 percent are members of non-governmental organisations (NGO). Gender, marital status, age, religion, household size, farm size, and year of experience (both 2 = 83.782, 106.036, 103.0, 52.509, 64.909, 134.200, 159.208; P 0.05) were all statistically important to social capital contributions, according to Chi-square study. It was concluded that social capital played a significant role in rural residents’ banana/plantain development. As a result, it is important to promote the use of social capital to complement limited financial capital in order to increase food production.

Author (s) Details

Stella O. Odebode
Department of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

T. A. Adetunji
Department of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.

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