Contributions of Non-Timber Forest Products to the Standard of Living of Rural Dwellers in Edo State, Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Applied Science (IJRIAS) | Volume V, Issue IV, July 2020 | ISSN 2454-6194

Contributions of Non-Timber Forest Products to the Standard of Living of Rural Dwellers in Edo State, Nigeria

 Fadoyin, A.S., Agboje, I, Adebanjo, A.E, Adeleye, A.S, Oladipo, A.D., Olatunji, O.A, Oladipupo-Alade, E.O, Sangotoyinbo, O.A. and Haastrup, N. O*
Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Jericho, Ibadan, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author

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Abstract: Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) represent significant aspect of human existence and how they contribute to rural dwellers living standard should be explored. This study therefore assessed the contributions of non-timber forest products to the standard of living of rural dwellers in Edo State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study described the socio-economic characteristics of the rural dwellers in the study area, ascertained major NTFPs the rural dwellers gather, determined the income made from NTFPs and other sources, assessed the motivating factors for participating in NTFPs gathering, assessed the standard of living of the rural dwellers and determined the constraints faced by the rural dwellers in NTFPs gathering.
Multistage sampling procedure was used to select 347 respondents; however 270 copies of questionnaire were usable giving a response rate of 77.8%. Data obtained were described using frequency counts, percentages and mean scores; Finding reveal that, non-timber forest products gathering in Edo State was male dominated ( 73.3%), 96% were married and 41% had formal education. Major non-timber forest products gathered in the area were Fuel wood (86.7%), vegetables (86.3%) and medicinal plants (58.1%).

Key words: Non-timber forest products, socio-economic, rural