[RUFORUM-GTA] My GTA Experience

Linda Chinenyenwa Familusi – is a 34 years old Nigerian and holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics obtained from Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique. She also holds a BAgric. in Agricultural Economics and Extension (Agricultural Economics major) obtained from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Linda is presently a Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at the University of Port Harcourt where she has gained almost ten years of work experience. She has been a doctoral student under the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), with support from Carnegie Cooperation of New York, at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Malawi, under the supervision of Prof. A. Edriss, Dr. M.A.R. Phiri, Dr. J.A. Kazembe, and Dr. A.O. Onoja.

Her doctoral thesis is titled “Impact of organic vegetable farming on economic wellbeing of small-scale farmers in Ekiti and Oyo states of Nigeria”. The study addressed the issue of poor economic well-being among smallholder vegetable farmers due to the continued use of inorganic fertilizers and agrochemicals for vegetable production. The study pointed out the need for farmers to adopt organic farming, which is an eco-friendly and sustainable agricultural technique that provides some form of ecosystem balance for improving farmers’ economic well-being in terms of their income, productivity, profitability, and poverty status.  As a result, the study assessed the impact of organic vegetable farming on the economic well-being of small-scale vegetable farmers in Ekiti and Oyo states of Nigeria.

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