Taraba is one of 36 states in Nigeria and located in the northeastern part of the nation. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria, 64.4 percent of Taraba State’s population falls in the “very poor” and “poor” income brackets as of 2009. The state is relatively better when it comes to education, however, as primary schools, secondary schools, vocational training centers, and a few colleges are located within the state’s boundaries. As a result, Taraba has a relatively high literacy rate, with a 46.9 percent adult literacy rate for females and a 66 percent adult literacy rate for males. In addition to the ease of access to education centers, computer centers, and cyber cafés are prevalent throughout the state, although their popularity has diminished due to cheaper and faster mobile services. In Taraba, there is a disparity between urban and rural access to mobile devices, as about 90 percent of urban residents have access while approximately 60 percent of rural residents have access. Across Nigeria as a nation, approximately 94 percent of the population own or have direct access to the Internet.
The inhabitants of Taraba are predominantly engaged in agriculture and farming of crops such as cassava, millet, rice, yams, sugarcane, and corn. Others participate in primary occupations like cattle, goat, and sheep rearing, fishing, pottery, cloth weaving, dyeing, woodcarving, embroidery, and blacksmithing. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, Taraba’s total employment in crop farming as of 2006 is decreasing, with current rates at approximately 46 percent for women and about 59 percent for men. In recent years, there have been several initiatives to improve the agriculture sector through information and communications technologies (ICTs). One such example is efarmers.ng, which is a platform to connect local farmers with businesses to sell crops. Additionally, in 2016, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria – in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency – launched an e-agriculture web portal for stakeholders and farmers to connect and exchange ideas to bolster the agriculture sector.
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