Article : Smallholder Farmers’ Group Membership Satisfaction In Ghana

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Smallholder Farmers’ Group Membership Satisfaction In Ghana

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Anthony Abbam

Farmer based groupings continue to play crucial role in agricultural development which is the backbone of most developing economies, especially Ghana. Consequently, analyzing farmers’ participation decisions and membership satisfaction in such groups has enormous policy bearing on poverty reduction and achieving food security. This paper adopted the two-stage Heckman selection model to analyze farmers’ participation decisions in groups and satisfaction in group membership. In the model, a cross-sectional baseline survey data was used. From the results the likelihood of farmers to be very satisfied with group membership is influenced by access to credit and group membership entry conditions. Finally, the study established that farmers’ religious affiliation has a positive impact on membership participation decision and satisfaction. Hence policy initiatives to ensure religious pluralism, diversity and co-existence should be vigorously pursued to foster solidarity and tolerance which would accelerate development at the community level. 

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