The Relationship between Educational Attainment and Food Security in Nigeria
Nyako, Aminu Murtala
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND FOODSECURITY IN NIGERIAAminu M. Nyako, B.S.Thesis Advisor: Adam T. Thomas, PhD.ABSTRACTPoverty and food insecurity in low-income countries are at the heart of the current agenda of the international community. The first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) aims to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, with a target of halving the incidence of poverty and hunger by 2015. This study contributes to that agenda. Using data from the General Household Survey fielded by the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria, I analyze the relationship between household heads' level of education and food security in Nigeria. Regression models controlling for a wide range of individual characteristics, household characteristics and community characteristics are used to investigate this relationship. The results of this analysis show a negative, robust correlation between level of education and food security status among households in Nigeria. These findings suggest that policymakers choosing potential investments for the rural poor might consider channeling investment to the educational sector to help address the food insecurity crisis.
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