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Agriculture 2017, 7(5), 38; doi:10.3390/agriculture7050038

Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Assets, Incomes and Food Security of Rural Households in Ghana, Senegal and Liberia

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Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A & M University, Scoates Hall, 2117 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Conflict and Development Center, Texas A & M University, 411 Agriculture and Life Sciences Bldg, 2124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A & M University, 309 Agriculture and Life Sciences Bldg, 2124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Academic Editor: Terence J. Centner
Received: 29 December 2016 / Revised: 21 April 2017 / Accepted: 27 April 2017 / Published: 28 April 2017
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Abstract

This article compares and examines the relationships among agricultural assets, incomes and food security in rural communities of Ghana, Senegal, and Liberia. A total of 1483 rural households were surveyed and data on agricultural endeavors, incomes and food security were collected. The analyses of incomes and agricultural assets show signs of high inequality of resource distribution. In addition, facets of food insecurity were observed among the surveyed households. The study used a multivariate logistic model, then evaluated how agricultural assets affect the food security status of rural households in Ghana, Senegal and Liberia distinctly. Overall, the results show several similarities at country level, but disparities were also noted. In particular, the study outlined significant relationships between technology assets and the food security status of rural households in Ghana and Senegal. However, the logistic model did not show any statistically significant relationship with the rural households surveyed in Liberia. This paradigm suggests critical inter-regional dissimilarities which the study discussed by emphasizing relevant socio-economic features at the country level. View Full-Text
Keywords: resource distribution; farm assets; food security; rural communities; sub-Saharan region resource distribution; farm assets; food security; rural communities; sub-Saharan region
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Sohoulande Djebou, D.C.; Price, E.; Kibriya, S.; Ahn, J. Comparative Analysis of Agricultural Assets, Incomes and Food Security of Rural Households in Ghana, Senegal and Liberia. Agriculture 2017, 7, 38.

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