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Non-farm Work and Food Security Among Farm Households in Northern Ghana

 

Research Institutions:

Deparment of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness and Extension, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, GHANA, Department of Food Economics and Consumption Studies at the University of Kiel,


Summary:

This paper examines the impact of non-farm work on household income and food security among farm households in the Northern Region of Ghana. We analyze the impact by employing propensity score matching method that accounts for selfselection bias. Separate estimates are provided for males and females to address gender heterogeneity. The matching results show that participation in non-farm work exerts a positive and statistically significant effect on household income and food security status, supporting the widely held view that income from non-farm work is crucial to food security and poverty alleviation in rural areas of developing countries.

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