Impact of Remittances on Food Security and Nutrition of Migrant s Household: Evidence from Nigeria
No 276986, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists
Migration cum remittances has become an important livelihood strategy among households in most developing countries. This is because it provides migrant households with remittances that are uncorrelated with agricultural income. It is estimated that there are about 232 million migrants worldwide today. Remittances sent back home by these migrants is believed to have a huge impact on the socioeconomic conditions of families left behind in the country of origin. In Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria is the highest receiver of remittances. However, despite the huge remittances flow into the country, malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity are still widespread in Nigeria. This paper examined the impact of remittances on food security and nutrition of farming households in Kwara State of Nigeria. Descriptive analysis indicates that, compared to non-receiving households, remittances receiving households are better off in terms of total income, assets, calorie supply, micronutrients supply, as well as, child nutritional status. Econometric analyses show that remittance income contributes to improved calorie supply at the household level, an aspect which has not been analyzed previously. Likewise, household income net of remittances increase calorie supply in a significant way, but the effect is twice larger than the effect of remittance income. Acknowledgement :
Keywords: Food; Consumption/Nutrition/Food; Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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