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Non-farm work and food security among farm households in Northern Ghana

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  • Owusu, Victor
  • Abdulai, Awudu
  • Abdul-Rahman, Seini

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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 self-selection bias. 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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  • Owusu, Victor & Abdulai, Awudu & Abdul-Rahman, Seini, 2011. "Non-farm work and food security among farm households in Northern Ghana," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 108-118, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:36:y:2011:i:2:p:108-118
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