This study, “cultural responses to poverty” seeks to find out systematic and sufficient ways through which the problem of poverty can be appropriately culturally responded to in our society. Poverty has been among the most serious problem that challenges the universal world. To buttress this, according to Nelson Mandela (former President of South Africa), “massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times, that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils”. A number of strategies had been adopted in the past like the Operation Feed the Nation (OFN), which was launched in the 1970s, Green Revolution initiated in 1980, Better Life Programme (BLP) in 1987, Family Support Programme (FSP) in 1994, the Poverty Alleviation Programme (PAP) in 2004 etc but this similarity in order address the issue of poverty in Nekede, there has been traditional institutions that have culturally responded to poverty. These traditional institutions include: the Council of Umunna, Age-group, religious groups, tariff organizations amongst others. Despite the efforts made by these institutions, yet, the problem of poverty remains paramount. Hence, the necessity of this presents study to explore further cultural responses to the problem of poverty. This research work was conducted in Nekede of Owerri West in Imo State and it made use of people of various ages, occupations and educational level. The researcher made use of a cross-sectional survey method. It adopted the use of questionnaire and in-depth interview (IDI) as its instrument, and also used in the questionnaire was sample size of 200 respondents which comprise 100 males and 100 females. 6 respondents was selected for the in-depth interview. In addition, data was analyzed using simple percentage (%) and frequency tables to describe the characteristics of respondents while the hypotheses was tested using the chi-square method. The study found out that poverty is the manifestation of low education in children, families or communities which in turn makes such people unable to overcome their situation in the society. The cultural responses suggested by the respondents to address the problem include: diversifying of occupational activities, expanding farm holding and diversifying crop types, depending on contributions and loans from churches and other associations, sales of own labour, sale of farm products (previously destined for consumption), depending on God for provision, migration to urban centres, and relying on economic trees.
- Creator: Onyenemerem Nnanemerem Peter
- Language: English
- Year: 2016-08-24
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