Open Access Review Article

Rural Livelihood Activities/Services Performed by Community Based Women Organization (CBWOs) in Imo and Rivers States, Nigeria

Oparaojiaku JO1*, Ekumankama2 and Ifenkwe GN2

1Department of Agricultural Extension and Management, Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, Ohaji, Imo State, Nigeria

2Department of Rural Sociology and Extension, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

Corresponding Author

Received Date: December 21, 2020;  Published Date: January 21, 2021


The study was undertaken to identify rural livelihood services/activities carried out by CBWOs in Imo and Rivers States. 240 CBWOs were used for the study. The major livelihood services performed by CBWOs in Imo state were women advocacy (97.6%), weeding (97.6%), visitation to fellow members (96.8%), earth movement (erosion control) (95.2%), attendance at meeting (95.2%), sweeping (93.6%), Agro-processing (93.6%), Publicity (92.8%), loading of working materials (92.0%) and water fetching (90.4%). In Rivers state CBWOs who played active and effective roles in supporting women advocacy (100%), weeding (100%), visitation to members (100%), agro-processing (92.5%) and earth movement (96.7%). The overall performance of the livelihood services was in agricultural and rural development projects. This means that improving lives of members and others is a major thrust of CBWOs.

Keywords: Livelihoods; Women; Community; Organization

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