Date of Award

5-1988

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

Abstract

This study aimed to analyze variables that may be responsible for the successes and failures of the Nigerian military government's agricultural policies. Inquiry was conducted into the political and administrative apparatus utilized by the military for implementing agricultural policies. We also analyzed the usefulness and effectiveness of such policies and how they affect the general well-being of the Nigerian population.

Agricultural policies such as The Green Revolution; Integrated Rural Development; Operation Feed the Nation; and the Land Use Decree were examined in the study. Data for the study came from both primary and secondary sources. Our findings revealed that although the military government's efforts at upgrading agriculture in Nigeria had been significant, the government spent less for domestic agriculture. There was also extensive bureaucratic corruption and poor technological orientation for rural farmers; the national bourgeois elements collaborated with multinational companies in diverting monies allocated to agriculture for other purposes.

We offered extensive recommendations, including the need for effective leadership and the creation of a socioeconomic and financial environment necessary for the stimulation of agricultural production. We also recommended that further research be conducted seeking to find the reason why production levels in African agriculture have been so low. We offered propositions that could be hypothesized and rigorously tested in future research.

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