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Rice is an important crop to combat poverty; production has not kept pace with demand and gender blindness in policy making is prevalent in Nigeria. The study researched the poverty status of rice farming household, their determinants of poverty. 3-stage stratified random sampling was used; descriptive statistics, Foster Greer and Thorbecke poverty measure and Logitic regression were the analytical tools. The study revealed 23.81% of the respondents are female-headed and 76.19% are male-headed; 54.29% of the women are without formal education as compared to the men 25.89%. The male headed household are poorer 47.32% and 37.14%. The determinants of poverty include rice cultivated area, age, household size, use of credit, area of upland and education level. It is however recommended that gender consideration should be made a priority in poverty reduction strategies among rice farming households; innovation use should be encouraged; and education should be prioritized

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