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Land Fragmentation and its Determinants in Nigeria: A Case Study of Smallholder Farmers in Ikenne Agricultural Zone, Ogun State, Nigeria

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Land fragmentation is a major obstacle to agricultural development in Nigeria. Therefore, the objective of this study is to examine land fragmentation and its determinants as seen by smallholder farmers in Ikenne Agricultural zone of Ogun State, Nigeria. A multistage sampling procedure was used to select 120 smallholder farmers in the study area. Descriptive statistics, Simmons index and Tobit Regression were used. The results of the Simmons index showed that the average land fragmentation index was 0.38, implying that smallholder farmland is highly fragmented. The average annual household income (p < 0.01), labor force of household (p < 0.05), education level (p < 0.01) and land ownership (p < 0.1) were the significant factors that negatively influenced land fragmentation in the study area. However, the size of land rented in by household (p < 0.001) significantly increases the degree of land fragmentation. Therefore, land consolidation and application of specific land protection policies to prevent agricultural land from being developed for non-agricultural purposes are recommended.(original abstract)
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  • Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Nigeria
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