STAARS-007 Food Insecurity in Nigeria – Spatial Mapping, Socioeconomic Determinants and Child Nutrition Outcomes


The objectives of the paper are three-fold. First, the study presents a mapping of high- and low- food security areas in Nigeria; a visual presentation which facilitates planning and the adequate targeting of social programs and interventions to needy parts of the country. The study also assesses the determinants of self-assessed measures of food security in Nigeria, using household data. Negative binomial regressions are performed to determine what socioeconomic factors may explain the observed variations in food security across the country, and whether zonal differences observed in the spatial analysis persist once aggregate socioeconomic factors are controlled for. Finally, the study examines the effect of food availability on child nutritional status in Nigeria, using a probit regression model. Food insecurity is found to be highly correlated with poorer nutritional status among children. Other factors that affect nutritional status include household characteristics like the sex and age of the household head, and access to health facilities. The study employs data from two rounds of the Nigerian General Household Survey (GHS) from 2010/ 2011 and 2012/2013.


Project leader: Nkechi S. Owoo

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Authors Co-Authors Title of paper Title of Economic Review Bibliographic references
Nkechi S. Owoo Food insecurity and family structure in Nigeria SSM - Population Health

Volume 4, April 2018,
pp. 117-125

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Food insecurity and family structure in Nigeria 2018-02-02 1.53MB 0 0

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