Women’s Status, Household Food Security and Coping Strategies in Nigeria: A Survey Based Analysis

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Dauda, R.O.S
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The relative importance of women’s empowerment for household food security has generated a lot of interest so much that governments, multilateral and non-governmental organizations have all shown concern. This paper provides an analysis of the interrelationship between women’s status and provision of food for household members for food security in Lagos metropolis, Southwestern Nigeria, using survey methodology. The survey was conducted between May and June, 2008. The women selected were from different socio-economic status, i.e they reflect a mix of people in the upper, middle and lower socio-economic groups. The study population includes all economically active women aged 18-60 years presently living in metropolitan Lagos, South Western Nigeria. It is impossible to cover all the elements in the study population due to the huge amount required and labour intensity. As a result of this, four local government areas were chosen purposively. Purposive sampling was the best available method in order to reduce cost, time and labour intensity. Using a quota technique, the four local government areas were roughly zoned into three sections each. The survey results indicate that socio-economic and demographic variables such as income, education and occupation are significant indicators explaining food security status of households in the study area. The results also identify the coping strategies used by food insecure households to manage limited food resources. This is done with a view to bringing to the fore strategic policy options on how to enhance food security among vulnerable households.
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Empowerment , Population , Government , Occupation
Dauda, R.O (2010) Women’s Status, Household Food Security and Coping Strategies in Nigeria: A Survey Based Analysis. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, Volume 7(3).