Changing food supply model to improve organic agriculture opportunities in Nigeria: a community supported agriculture approach.
This study was carried out to showcase the importance of building on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model towards improving organic agriculture opportunities in Nigeria. Primary data collected from 150 organic farmers and consumers were used for this study. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analysis were employed for the analysis of the study. The results of the descriptive analysis show that majority, 78.46% of organic farmers are dominated in the Southwest region, about 36.15% have their farm in Ogun state, 63.08% are male, the mean age of organic farmers is 38.8 years and the mean farming experience is 7 years. 28.46% practice organic crop production and 17.69% already adopted CSA. The results of the logistic regression analysis revealed that farming experience, marketing and credit opportunities (p<0.001) and monthly income (p<0.1) positively influence the willingness to participate in CSA. Since the majority of the respondents are not aware of CSA model, this study recommends that efforts should be made by stakeholders in promoting CSA among younger farmers as they have the tendencies to easily adopt innovations. Also, model CSA farms should be established in strategic locations to serve as learning places for others. Finally, there is a need to establish and strengthen organic farmers associations like cluster farming to ensure increased food security and productivity.