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International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Research

September 2020, Volume 7, 3, pp 174-184

Market Participation and Food Security Status of Bio-Fortified Cassava Processors in South Western Nigeria

Kolapo Adetomiwa


Olayinka J. Yusuf


Muhammed Opeyemi Abdulmumin

Kolapo Adetomiwa 1

Olayinka J. Yusuf 2
Muhammed Opeyemi Abdulmumin 3

  1. Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. 1

  2. Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services, Kwara State University, Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria. 2

  3. Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. 3

Pages: 174-184

DOI: 10.18488/journal.70.2020.73.174.184

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Article History:

Received: 30 March, 2020
Revised: 04 May, 2020
Accepted: 08 June, 2020
Published: 16 July, 2020


A better understanding of the extent of food insecurity and its determinants, particularly among rural households, is a step towards proffering solutions to this menace. The study assessed market participation and food security status of bio-fortified cassava processors in South-Western Nigeria. A multistage sampling technique was used to source for data from 160 bio-fortified cassava processor through a well-structured questionnaire. Descriptive statistics, household commercialization index, Food Insecurity Experience-Based Measurement Scales-United States Department of Agriculture (FIEMS-USDA) and Multinomial Logistic Regression (MLR) were used to analyze the data. The result of the study showed that the mean age of the processors was 48(±11.36). Majority (70.6%) of the bio-fortified cassava processor had a high market participation level with a mean household market participation index of 63.14±7.23%. About (58.75%) of the respondents were food insecure with moderate hunger level. The result of the MLR showed that farm income, the value of processed bio-fortified cassava output, susceptibility to sickness, membership of association and access to extension services were significantly related to food insecurity status of the bio-fortified cassava processor. Appropriate programs and policy measures that would increase the value of the processed bio-fortified cassava output and farm income should be targeted towards the processors as this would help to reduce their dependency and increase the food security status of their households.
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of the very few studies which have investigated market participation and food security in Nigeria especially among the biofortified cassava processors. It uses new estimation methodology and ascertained the contributing factors that will ensure food security among the biofortified cassava processors in Nigeria if properly harnessed.


Market participation, Food security, Bio-fortified cassava, FIEMS-USDA, MLR, South Western, Nigeria.


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This study received no specific financial support.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


The authors will like to appreciate the effort of ADPs and Cassava processors association for their help rendered during the time of data collection.

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