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Record number 400308
Title Influence of male or female headship on the keeping and care of small ruminants: the case of the transitional zone of Ghana
Author(s) Duku, S.; Price, L.L.; Zijpp, A.J. van der; Tobi, H.
Source Livestock Research for Rural Development 23 (2011)1. - ISSN 0121-3784
Department(s) Animal Production Systems
Sociology of Consumption and Households
Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Abstract The study was undertaken in the Ejura-Sekyedumasi District of Ghana to investigate how household headship characteristics and labour availability relate with the household’s decision to keep and spend time on small ruminants. Key informants were interviewed prior to a census of all the 407 households in two villages, to collect demographic, crop, and livestock data, which was used in bivariate and logistic regression analyses. A subsequent time use study involved a stratified sample of 24 households, and the t- test was used to compare households. In general, female-headed households (FHH) were of lower socio-economic status, and had fewer adult household members and less livestock, compared to male-headed households (MHH). The final logistic regression model had a 77.1% success rate in predicting households keeping small ruminants, with socio-economic status and sex of the household head, presence of poultry and the number of active adults as significant predictors. Characteristics of FHH that kept small ruminants were not significantly different from their male counterparts, but the former spent less time feeding their animals. The odds of keeping small ruminants were ultimately 2.1 times higher for male-headed households. The low socio-economic status of most FHH with less labour availability is a disincentive for small ruminant rearing
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