Income Level of Fadama III Beneficiaries in Delta State as at Project Closure in December 2013

  •  Pius Ike    


As the Fadama III project intervention ends by December 2013 in Delta state, it became necessary to conduct a follow up study on the income level of Fadama III beneficiaries after the project midterm review (MTR). Ten Fadama III beneficiary households as well as ten non-beneficiary households were sampled from twelve participating local government areas in the state. This gave a total of 240 respondents composed of 120 beneficiaries and 120 non-beneficiaries. Data for the study were collected by the use of structured questionnaire. They were analysed using the Difference in Difference (DD) analytical tool to compare change in outcome of program for beneficiaries and non beneficiaries. Findings revealed that the current average level of income of participants of Fadama III project as at project closure in December 2013 is N106,829.75. This represents an income increase of N44,349.75 or 70.98% from the baseline income of N62,480.00 of Fadama III beneficiaries. On the other hand, the average income of Fadama III non beneficiaries grew to N85,997.22 from a baseline income of N63,572.00. This represents an increase of about 35.28%. 82.5% of the participants were able to generate an average income of N106,829.75, thus achieving an increase of 70.98% in income from participation in Fadama III project. This increase has surpassed the target of 75% of Fadama User households increasing their average real income by at least 40% by 2013 as set by the World Bank. Hence, it can be concluded that the project intervention in the State has impacted positively on the income of small scale farmers – both direct project beneficiaries and non project beneficiaries.

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