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Gendered access to land and household food insecurity: Evidence from Nigeria

Amaka Nnaji, , Alan Renwick

Abstract: In this article, we examine the joint influence of land access and gender of household head on household food insecurity by employing a logit model and using data from the 2015/2016 Nigerian General Household Survey. Our results show that female-headed households (FHHs) are more food insecure than male-headed households. However, with a 1-acre increase in their access to land, FHHs are 16 percent less likely to be food insecure. This finding provides policy insights into how improving access to arable land for land-poor FHHs can enhance food security in Nigeria.
Keywords: food security / gender / households / land access / Nigeria / Q12 / C21 / Q15 / J16

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