Utilization of different Coping Strategies among Rural Dwellers in Farmer-Herder’s Conflict Prone areas in Ekiti State, Nigeria: A Case Study of Oke-Ako

Authors : Obabire, I. E.; Atere, O. B.; Adeleye, I. A.

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 10 - October

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This study examined the utilization of different coping strategies among rural dwellers in Oke-Ako, Ikole Local Government area of Ekiti state, Nigeria. Thirty (30) respondents were selected to constitute the sample size for the study using random sampling technique. Data collection was done through the use of interview schedule and data collected were described using statistical tools such as frequency count, percentage and mean. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to analyze the data. Findings from the study revealed that mean age was 58.80 years. The respondents were mostly male (90.0%), married (86.7%) and Christian (80.0%). High proportion (40.0%) had no formal education. High proportion (53.3%) had one or two alternative means of livelihood, 93.3% practiced rain- fed agriculture, and 70.0% produced for both food and income purposes. Sleepless night (mean=1.80) ranked highest among the psycho-social effects of conflict. The coping strategies utilized included the following, in a sequential order, among others: prayed for peace (mean=1.97), use of experience (mean=1.73), accepted it as fate (mean=1.70), buying food (mean=1.47), worked harder (mean=1.27), help from relations (mean=1.20), and help from local leaders (mean=1.07). The level of utilization of different conflict’s coping strategies was low among 56.7%. Age (r=-0.264, p=0.159) and number of alternative occupation (r=0.094, p=0.620) were not significantly associated with the utilization of coping strategies by the respondents. The study concludes that there was a low level of utilization of different coping strategies by the respondents in the study area.

Keywords : Coping Strategies; Farmer-Herder’s Conflict; Rural Dwellers.


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