Socio-Economic Assessment of Non-Member Female Headed Households in Multi-Purpose Farmers' Cooperatives: The Case of Machakil Woreda, East Gojjam Administrative Zone, Amhara National Regional State

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Addis Ababa University


The study was conducted with the main objective of socio-economic assessment of non-member female-headed households in multi-purpose farmer’s cooperatives in Machakil Woreda, ANRS. Machakil worda was selected purposively from ANRS East Gojjam Zone. Three multi-purpose farmer’s cooperatives were selected from Machakil woreda, these are Amanuel Zuria, Embuli, and Yewula primary multi-purpose farmer’s cooperatives purposively. From the three multipurpose farmer’s cooperatives, 121 respondents were selected using a systematic sampling method. This means 32, 59, and 30 respondents from each sample multi-purpose farmers’ cooperative proportionally based on nonmember population of each kebele after establishing sample intervals using the systematic method for the survey, respectively. In addition to these 12 key informants were interviewed and 3 focus group discussions were conducted. The required data were collected using quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. The collected raw data were analyzed using the quantitative and qualitative method of data analysis and descriptive statistical tools were used. In the study socio-economic situation of non-member, female-headed households in multi-purpose farmer’s cooperatives were identified. The results show non-member female-headed households live under social situations like heavy workload and time constraints, economic situations like lack of capital and cultural situations like attitude towards women were the basic socio-economic situations of nonmembers female headed households in MPFCs. The socio-economic situations were mainly due to lack of training and awareness creation to the nonmember female headed households about the benefits of multipurpose farmers cooperatives. However, MPFCs give equal opportunity to women and men and the economic and political situation is also supportive of cooperatives development but participation of female headed households are still very low. Thus, the study examines the socioeconomic situation of nonmembers of female headed households in multipurpose farme’s cooperaties of machakil woreda



Multipurpose farmer’s cooperatives; female-headed households; social, economic, and cultural factors