Cooperatives and Eradication of Poverty and Hunger in Rural Communities in South East Nigeria through Inclusive Sustainable Agricultural Development: Issues and Challenges

Résumé - EN

The quest by world leaders including Nigeria to end poverty and hunger was one of the major reasons for the initiation and implementation of Millennium Development Goals which lasted between 2000 and 2015. The effort to sustain the achievements recorded by this program necessitated the emergence of Sustainable Development Goals. In line with the objectives of these programs, Nigeria has continued to initiate various national programs aimed at ending poverty and hunger, but it seems as if the more these programs evolve, the more the level of poverty and hunger continue to rise despite the available abundant human and natural resources. Government has been accused of not involving informal sectors in its efforts. This study investigates the role of cooperative societies in ending poverty and hunger in Nigeria, with focus on women rice farmers’ cooperative societies. After analyzing the generated data, the findings reveal that farmers’ cooperative societies have the potential to end poverty and hunger in Nigeria but have been neglected by various agencies concerned. Recommendations were made on how cooperative societies could be assisted to contribute more to end poverty and hunger in the rural communities in Nigeria.