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The study focused on gender analysis of training needs of cassava processors. Specifically, the cassava processor socioeconomic characteristics were described, the gap existing between standard precautionary and safety measures and what is being currently used among male and female processors were determined, and appropriate trainings to bridge the gaps in processors’ knowledge of safety measures were identified. Structured interview schedule was used to elicit information from 256 respondents. Data analysis was carried out using frequency counts, percentage and correlation. The results of the study showed that mean age of both male and female cassava processors was 44.7 years. However, more female (53.2%) than male (46.8%) were into cassava processing in the study area. Majority of cassava processors were literate. Almost all the processors had household members assisting in cassava processing that are exposed to hazards and health related problems. Majority has never had contact with extension agents and had not attended any training on safety and precautionary measures. Both male and female cassava processors had low score in the precautionary and safety measures to protect themselves from processing hazards. Also, there was significant difference (p=0.01) between men and women level of practice of standard precautionary and safety measures while there was no significant difference (p>0.05) between their training needs on prevention of hazards associated with cassava processing. The study concluded that, although both male and female processors are exposed to hazards at different processing stages in which they are more involved, the identified training needs of both on prevention of hazards in cassava processing are the same.

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