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ISRN Forestry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 376247, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/376247
Research Article

Poverty Alleviation through Optimizing the Marketing of Garcinia kola and Irvingia gabonensis in Ondo State, Nigeria

1Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Ekiti State University, P.M.B. 5363, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State 300001, Nigeria
2Department of Forestry and Wood Technology, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B. 704, Akure, Ondo State 340001, Nigeria

Received 26 May 2013; Accepted 16 June 2013

Academic Editors: M. Kanashiro and P. Newton

Copyright © 2013 A. D. Agbelade and J. C. Onyekwelu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The paper examines poverty alleviation through optimizing the marketing of Garcinia kola and Irvingia gabonensis in Ondo State, Nigeria. Data for this study were collected using structured questionnaire. Two categories of pretested structured questionnaires were used to obtain information from the respondents (farmers and the marketers of the species). Data analysis was done using descriptive analysis, and Student t-test was used to compare the income generated by the producers and the marketers of the fruits of the tree species. In addition, analysis of variance (ANOVA), arranged in randomized complete block design, was employed to test the significance of price variable across the three market structures (i.e., farm gate price, rural market price, and urban market price). Marketing of forest fruits species is a profitable enterprise with an average profit of 19,123.37 per marketer per month. The analysis of variance for the two forest fruit species indicated that Irvingia gabonensis generated the highest annual income in rainforest ecosystem while Garcinia kola generated the highest annual income in derived savanna ecosystem. Major constraints militating against these forest fruit species are poor market access and infrastructure development. The paper recommended among other things that domestication and interventions of these forest fruit species should be encouraged for proper management and sustainability.