Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Rural Women in Sustainable Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence From the Niger Delta in Nigeria

Sustainable Development, 27(4), pp. 692-703 (2019)

A G D I Working Paper WP/19/002

31 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2019 Last revised: 16 Aug 2019

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Joseph I. Uduji

University of Nigeria Enugu Campus

Elda N. Okolo-Obasi

Development Strategy Centre Nigeria

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: January 12, 2019

Abstract

Low productivity among female farmers when compared with their male counterparts is considered an outcome of limited access to agricultural land and inputs. The objective of this investigation was to assess the impact of multinational oil companies’ (MOCs’) CSR on rural women access to modern agricultural inputs in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. A total of 700 rural female farmers were sampled across the region. Results from the use of a logit model indicated that CSR recorded significant success in agricultural development generally, but has undermined equality. This implies that if a woman’s agricultural productivity is continuously hindered by unequal access to agricultural resources (or opportunities) and widespread inequality will limit poverty reduction efforts in Nigeria. The results also showed that women depended on CSR of MOCs for policy dialogue and advocacy for women’s access to agricultural land and inputs. Supporting agricultural initiatives that focus on empowering women would boost food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords: Gender Equality; Agriculture; Corporate Social Responsibility; Multinational Oil Companies; Logit Model; Nigeria

JEL Classification: J43; O40; O55; Q10

Suggested Citation

Uduji, Joseph I. and Okolo-Obasi, Elda N. and Asongu, Simplice, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Rural Women in Sustainable Agricultural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence From the Niger Delta in Nigeria (January 12, 2019). Sustainable Development, 27(4), pp. 692-703 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3314694

Joseph I. Uduji

University of Nigeria Enugu Campus ( email )

Department of Accountancy
Box 15540, Enugu
Enugu, NC Enugu 234
Nigeria

Elda N. Okolo-Obasi

Development Strategy Centre Nigeria ( email )

84Nza Street Independence Layout Enugu
Enugu, 400001
Nigeria
08063631111 (Phone)
400001 (Fax)

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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