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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
ISSN 2350-1561
Vol.3 (3), pp. 104-113, March 2015
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Article 14/ID/JPR164/ 10 pages
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Original Research Article

The role of women in household food security in Osun State, Nigeria


*Adepoju A.A, Ogunniyi L.T. and Agbedeyi D.


Department of Agricultural Economics, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author Email:busolaadepoju(at)

date Received:     date Accepted: August 11, 2014     date Published:


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 organisations have all shown concern. This research therefore identified the various roles of women as the major pillars of achieving household food security. The study population includes all economically active women aged between 20-70years presently residing in Ifedayo, Ife-Central and Ejigbo Local Government Aresa of Osun-state. Primary data was collected with the use of a well-structured questionnaire from 240 households in the study area. Both descriptive statistics and Logit regression model were used in the data analysis. The average age and household size of the respondents are 42 years and 6 members respectively. The mean years of education was 8 years. Women contribute to food security at the household level in descending order of ranking by participating in food processing, buying of varieties of food items for consumption, engaging in food purchasing and distribution process, buying food for storage keeping among others.The result further reveals that education, household size and household expenditure have significant effect on household food security in the study area. It was recommended that the women should be enlightened on birth control measures to enhance household food security.

Key words: Women, food security, Osun State

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