1.1        Background of the study

1.2        Statement of problem

1.3        Objective of the study

1.4        Research Hypotheses

1.5        Significance of the study

1.6        Scope and limitation of the study

1.7       Definition of terms

1.8       Organization of the study







3.0        Research methodology

3.1    sources of data collection

3.3        Population of the study

3.4        Sampling and sampling distribution

3.5        Validation of research instrument

3.6        Method of data analysis



4.1 Introductions

4.2 Data analysis


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Summary

5.3 Conclusion

5.4 Recommendation

















This study is on role of agriculture in economic growth and poverty reduction in Nigeria. The total population for the study is 200 staff of federal ministry of agriculture, Abuja. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made up economists, farmers, senior staff and junior staff was used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies











  • Background of the study

The role of agriculture in economic growth and poverty reduction has become an issue of great concern in developed and developing countries. Nnadi (2005) stated that agriculture is indispensable in addressing economic growth and poverty reduction, which are the most difficult challenges facing many countries in the world especially developing countries where on the average, majority of the population are considered poor. Evidences in Nigeria show that the number of those in poverty has continued to increase. The author stressed further that the rising profile of poverty in Nigeria is assuming a worrisome dimension as empirical studies have shown. In consonant with this, Ojo (2008) opined that, Nigeria, a sub-Saharan African country, has at least half of its population living in abject poverty. The UN Human Poverty Index in 1999, credited Nigeria with 41.6%, captured the phenomenon more succinctly as the figure placed the nation as amongst the 25 poorest nations in the world. As at 2004, the HPI (Human Poverty Index) value for Nigeria, 40.6, ranks 76th among 102 developing countries for which the index has been calculated. The country has increasing rate of poverty both at the regions and at the national level, high unemployment rate, high income inequality, low quality human capital, high percentage of population on welfare and high out migration in the face of high economic growth. Agriculture is the production of food, feed, fibre and other goods by the systematic growing and harvesting of plants and animals (Akinboyo, 2008). According to, Brandt (2011), agriculture is the cultivation of land, raising and rearing of animals for the purpose of production of food for man, animals and industries. The concept of poverty is perceived differently by the poor themselves, politicians, planners, and academics. It is this perception on poverty identification, and its causes that solutions are proposed. Chinake (1997) explains that defining and fighting against poverty is more of a political and technical problem than a rational activity. Therefore, politicians are in a better position to explain the causes of poverty because they run the country and are responsible for the problems within it. Poverty is a multi-dimension, socio-economic and cultural situation which transcends economic description and analysis (Okuneye, 2001). To all agencies now, poverty is not seen as simply lack of income or consumption but it includes deprivation in health, education, nutrition, security, power and others. Adeleke (2012) defined poverty as a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs including food, sanitation facilities, education, information, lack of income and productive resources


This paper provides the assessment of agriculture’s wider role during economic growth and investigates its impact in poverty reduction, particularly through accelerating economic growth and over all contribution to rural livelihoods. The major and basic question that will be answered is whether Agricultural sector is responding to the development challenges of economic growth and poverty reduction during growth and transformation process. The in-depth study looked at the potential to improve agriculture’s impact on growth and poverty reduction in a cost-effective way relative to investments in nonagricultural sectors and investigate policy priorities towards poverty reduction and growth strategies and their ability to develop rural area. In fact, none of the country has ever successfully reduced poverty through agriculture alone, nor none of any country has achieved it without first increasing agricultural productivity (DFID, 2005).


The objectives of the study are;

  1. To ascertain the role of agriculture on economic growth
  2. To ascertain the relationship between agriculture sector and poverty reduction
  3. To ascertain various challenges facing the development of the agricultural sector in Nigeria
  4. To examine the prospect of agricultural sector in Nigeria

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

H0: there is no role of agriculture on economic growth

H1: there is role of agriculture on economic growth

H02: there is no relationship between agriculture sector and poverty reduction

H2: there is relationship between agriculture sector and poverty reduction



The fundamental importance of this study is to examine the relationship or correlation that exists between economic and agricultural growth in Nigeria. So far, little has been done to determine the impact of agricultural sector on economic growth in Nigeria, but a number of studies have been carried out on cross country analysis of less  developed countries. This approach assumes that the impact of foreign inflow is constant across countries that are the same in all less developed countries (L.D.C’s). Most studies in this area consider only a small number of variables trying to establish agricultural growth


The scope of the study covers role of agriculture in economic growth and poverty reduction in Nigeria. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

  1. a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
  2. b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.
  3. c) Organizational privacy: Limited Access to the selected auditing firm makes it difficult to get all the necessary and required information concerning the activities.


Economic growth: Economic growth is the increase in the inflation-adjusted market value of the goods and services produced by an economy over time. It is conventionally measured as the percent rate of increase in real gross domestic product, or real GDP.

Poverty reduction: Poverty reduction, or poverty alleviation, is a set of measures, both economic and humanitarian, that are intended to permanently lift people out of poverty

Agriculture: Agriculture is the science and art of cultivating plants and livestock. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that enabled people to live in cities. The history of agriculture began thousands of years ago.


This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study. Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature. Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study. Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.  Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study


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