OPTIMAL FOOD CONSUMPTION PLAN FOR FOOD SECURITY AMONG RURAL HOUSEHOLDS IN KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
By Muhammad-Lawal, A.* and O. A. Omotesho
Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management,
University of Ilorin, P.M.B. 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria
*E-mail addresses: lawaz71@yahoo.com; lawalazeez@unilorin.edu.ng
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ABSTRACT
This study developed optimal food consumption plan for the rural households in Kwara State, Nigeria. A two-stage simple random sampling technique was employed in collecting data used for the study between October, 2005 and January, 2007. The main tool of analysis used was the Linear Goal Programming (LGP) model. The result of the Goal Programming model showed that rice, maize, cowpea, gari (granulated cassava), fish and palm oil consumed at 4.17Kg, 18.59Kg, 2.92Kg, 2.66Kg, 8.53Kg and 3.10Kg per week respectively constituted the least – cost food plan for the rural households. With an average household size of eight male adult equivalents, this plan had a cost implication of N73.73 per person per day. This shows that the cost of meeting this least – cost food plan was 38% lower than the one U.S. Dollar (N120.00) World Bank poverty line per person per day. This study recommends the need for the rural households to be educated on the nutritional implication of the consumption of various food
items.

Mohammed-Lawal-and-Omotesho-1-JAAR-2010.pdf

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