Assessment of factors Affecting Sustainability of Non-farm Livelihood Activities among Rural families in Emuoha Local Government Area, Rivers State, Nigeria
Nwaogwugwu O. N., Umejuru W.O.
The study analyzed the factors affecting sustainability of non-farm livelihood activities among rural families in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The specific objectives of the study were to describe the socio-demographic characteristics of the respondents, identify the non-farm livelihood activities of rural families and ascertain the factors affecting sustainability of non-farm livelihood activities among families in the study area. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 105 family-heads from a total of 350 family-heads in the study area. A structured and validated interview schedule was used to collect data from the respondents. Data collected were presented using mean, frequency, percentage factor analysis. The result indicated that the non-farm livelihood strategies of families in the study area include, trading (mean=3.98), commercial taxi services (mean=3.91), bicycle and motor cycle repair services (mean=3.71), tailoring/weaving (mean=3.53), barbing/hairdressing services (mean=2.85), carpentry (mean=3.33), mason and building (mean=3.34), food vending (mean=3.19). The factors affecting sustainability of non-farm livelihood activities include inadequate infrastructural facilities, instability, and low income to investment. It is concluded that non-farm livelihood activities in the study area are sustainable. Therefore it is recommended that continued effort on the provision of basic rural infrastructures should be intensified through a coordinated and sustainable rural development drive by groups, communities, government and non-governmental agencies.