Abstract: The paper studied the perceptions of IFAD-CASP staff on the effect of rural banditry in Zamfara state, Nigeria. Interview schedule and focus group discussion (FGD) was used to collect data from 360 respondents that were selected for the study. A multi stage and simple random sampling technique was used in selecting the respondents. Descriptive statistics tools such as mean, percentage and pairwise ranking were used for data analysis. The results of the study reveals that majority of the respondents were married with an average household size of 8 persons and income level of less than N 20,000/month. The result on the perception of IFAD-CASP staff shows rural banditry disrupts programme and increase rural poverty were ranked 1st. While the result on the perception of crop producers show rural banditry pose psychological trauma, reduce social relationship and induces fear and uncertainty and were ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd respectively. Based on the finding of the study, it could be concluded that rural banditry posed a threat to IFAD-CASP aims and objectives in the study area. The Study therefore, recommended the urgent recruitment of security personnel for effective policing, conditional grant and other assistance should be immediately rendered to victims of rural banditry to begin a new life again.
Keywords: Perception, IFAD-CASP Staff, Effect, Rural Banditry, Zamfara State.