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Title: Enhancing and sustaining agricultural transportation : the development of a framework for informing policy for agricultural produce distribution in Imo State
Author: Oledinma, Akunna
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2013
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Despite the agricultural importance of Imo State, Nigeria, distribution and marketing activities of agricultural produce are stalled by an ineffective transport system stemming from poor commitment by the government in transportation infrastructure provision, lack of continuity of transport projects developed by previous administrations, poor integration and management of transportation sector with other productive sectors and the inability of the government to recognise stakeholders in infrastructure development. The aim of this research was to develop an in-depth understanding of these problems and to create a new model for sustainable agricultural transportation to improve the livelihoods of the communities in Imo State, Nigeria through an improved understanding of stakeholders’ problems, needs and priorities in its development. This research firstly investigated and analysed the relationship between transport infrastructure and agriculture produce distribution in Imo State. Secondly, it identified the problems with and created a better understanding of current transport infrastructure issues vis-a-vis agriculture produce distribution in Imo state. These investigations were primarily done using participatory methods to develop an improved understanding of stakeholders’ problems, their needs and priorities. In addition, Kaduna state was used as a comparator. An analysis and synthesis of the results led to the development of a conceptual transport policy framework as an alternative approach to a more efficient distribution of agricultural produce. This research was carried out in two phases-a preliminary and main phase. The preliminary phase carried out in Imo state involved two methods, semi-structured Interviews and questionnaires. 79 semi-structured Interviews were conducted with the stakeholders who are the consumers, farmers, traders, transporters. 30 open- and closed-ended questionnaires were responded to by different levels of government officials in the ministry. The methodology for the main phase of the research which was conducted in Imo and Kaduna states involved 195 participants with a combination of Participatory Rural Appraisal and Focus Group Discussions-the former using semi-structured Interviews while the latter was unstructured Interviews. This framework was validated by presenting and collecting feedback on the draft to 17 decision makers within four ministries in Imo State. The findings highlighted issues which included the disparity between the government’s, and agricultural agents’, perceptions of government agricultural transportation policies, poor transport service provision, and problem of collaboration between the government and the stakeholder groups. The overall findings revealed constraints which were classified as policy-related: lack of clarity in the activities of other ministries, lack of commitment from the government, lack of funding for transportation infrastructures, poor management of projects in the past and lack of maintenance of existing transport infrastructure. Infrastructure related issues were also identified as high transport cost; post-harvest loss; high cost of produce; poor transport service; and lack of maintenance of existing transport infrastructure. These two aspects founded the development and creation of a Framework for Informing Policy for Agricultural Produce Distribution. This research has contributed to new knowledge in that it demonstrates how to bridge the gap between government and stakeholders’ negotiation in agricultural transportation in Imo state. Plainly, such interaction, in theory, is provided within the Link Box: a connector between the policy and infrastructure components of the framework, and the external factors which transform policy into effective implementation. These factors are commitment between local, state and federal government, continuity in administration, and provision of equitable resources within the states in the country. The Link Box pulls together the following factors: commitment between local, state and federal government, continuity in administration, and provision of equitable resources within the states in the country. The framework, if implemented would enable the government to identify all relevant stakeholders’ needs and thus facilitate the interaction for change.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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