The Contribution of Livestock Production to Households’ Food Security and Income in the Upper West Region of Ghana

Francis Anyaara Santaa

Abstract


This paper examined the contribution of livestock production to households’ food security and income in the upper west region of Ghana. The researchers administered questionnaires to 622 household’s heads. The probabilistic and ordinary least squares estimation techniques were used to analyze the dataset. The dependent variable was categorical hence the use of probabilistic regression. The paper discovered that livestock production contribute positively to household’s food security as well as household’s income.  Thus livestock production is very essential as it contribute to food security, hence reduces hunger in the Upper West region of Ghana. The livestock contribution would have been higher if the latent contribution of livestock (nutritional content) was to be added. Based on this discovery, the study recommend that aggressive policy that enhance livestock production should be implemented. 


Keywords


livestock production; food security; household income; Upper West region Ghana.

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