Danladi And Ojo

Danladi and Ojo

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 8 (3), pp. 059-064, March 2018.

ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 021018022

 

(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2018.3.021018022)

 

Analysis of Food Access
Status among Farming Households in Southern Part of Gombe State, Nigeria

 

 

Hosea Danladi, Catherine O. OJo (PhD)

 

 

Department of Agricultural
Economics, University of Maiduguri, PMB 1069 Borno State, Nigeria

Abstract

 

This study analyzed food access status among farming
households in southern part of Gombe state, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling
technique was used to select 120 respondents from eight villages in the study
area. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data.
Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the socio-economic
characteristics of the respondents. Most respondents (68.3 percent) were male
and married with average household size of 7 persons. Household Food Insecurity
Access Scale (HFIAS) developed by Food and Nutrition Assistance (FANTA) of the
USAID (2004) was used to determine the status of the farming household food
insecurity. The HFIAS score revealed that about 27 percent of the farming
households were food secure, 35 percent mildly food insecure, 18.3 percent
moderately food insecure and 20 percent were severely food insecure. A simple
regression analysis showed that income positively and significantly (1%)
contributed to household food security with an R2 of 0.6801 showing that income played
an important role in achieving household food security among farming
households. The study concludes that adequate resources to access food by food
deficient households could significantly influence the status of food security
among the rural households. It was recommended that additional sources of
livelihood to include off-farm remunerative activities through skills
acquisition and increased agricultural (on-farm) production by subsidizing
inputs to be the option policy in achieving rural household food security.

 

Keywords: Farming
Household, Food Access, Food Insecurity, Gombe State, Nigeria

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