ISSN 2284-7995, ISSN Online 2285-3952


Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 20 ISSUE 3
Written by Kazeem Oriyomi ABOABA, Akeem Adesina AKAMO, Damilare Michael FADIJI, Tohib Oyeyode OBALOLA

This study assesses the linkages between income diversification and household food security status using United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) 18 items questionnaire core module. Multistage sampling procedure was used to select 240 households, data were collected with the use of structured questionnaire and analyzed with descriptive statistics, Rasch model, Simpson Diversification Index (SDI) and ordered logit regression model. The result of the information function revealed that the scale is adaptable for this study. The SDI revealed that the households averagely diversify their income source. The USDA food security results revealed that majority of the households were in very low food security category. The ordered logit regression revealed that age (p<0.05), marital status (p<0.05) and dependency ratio (p<0.05) had negative effects on household food security status while income diversification (p<0.05) and access to health facilities (p<0.1) had positive effects. It was thereby concluded that income diversification increases household food security status while increase in number of dependent individuals reduces it. This study thereby recommended that regional government at all levels should set up skill acquisition and empowerment programs that will enable household’s practices farming along with a wide range of income generating activities, this will go a long way in reducing number of dependent individuals and increasing households food security status.

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