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Factors Influencing Household Food Security in West Africa: The Case of Southern Niger

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Zakari, Seydou; Ying, Liu; Song, Baohui
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 6
Page(s): 1191-1202
Date: 2014
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9356
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Africa
Subject(s): households
food supply
Abstract: "Food insecurity is a major challenge for Niger and for many African countries. The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors affecting household food security in Niger. Based on survey data covering 500 households, drought, high food prices, poverty, soil infertility, disease and insect attacks are reported by the respondents to be the main causes of food insecurity. The empirical results from logistic regression revealed that the gender of the head of household, diseases and pests, labor supply, flooding, poverty, access to market, the distance away from the main road and food aid are significant factors influencing the odds ratio of a household having enough daily rations. Another important finding is that female headed households are more vulnerable to food insecurity compared to male headed households. The findings of this study provide evidence that food insecurity continues to affect the Nigerien population."

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