EFFECT OF POVERTY ON FOOD SECURITY OF RURAL HOUSEHOLDS IN ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA
Adewuyi, Kolawole A. and Hayatu Yusuf
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The major panacea towards reducing poverty remains a focus effort in increasing food security. Poverty situation in Nigeria is precarious, not only in terms of income poverty, but also in terms of food poverty. Nigeria is already hanging precariously with greater percentage of its population living on less than one dollar per day without any sign of change. This study examined the effect of poverty on food security of rural households in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Data were collected from randomly sampled 230 households in Adamawa State Nigeria, using structured questionnaire. The data were analysed using the Logit Regression model. The result of the study revealed that there is a negative and statistically significant relationship between the household food and the poverty status of the household. This suggested that the food security of households will improve if household poverty is reduced. Hence, it was the recommended that the design of poverty reduction programmes should focus more on improving food production for the growing population through increased funding of agriculture and controlled food prices.