n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Attitude of low income households towards consumption of soybean products in South East Nigeria

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


This paper examines the attitude of low income households towards consumption of soybeans products in South East of Nigeria. Ninety households were purposively selected for the study in which case; the household heads (husband or wife) were interviewed using direct distribution and retrieval of the questionnaires. The results show that greater percentage of the respondents were females (83.33%) while the males were 16.67% Majority of the responding household heads attained secondary and tertiary levels of education (73.0%) indicating that they knew better about soybeans and its uses due to their educational level and exposure. Consumers favored the consumption of soymilk (80%) and soy powder made from roasted soy beans (76.66%) and then consumed them in combination with Tea/Beverages (32.53%) and pap (30.12%). Majority of respondents also preferred the consumption of soybeans for its nutritional value alone (46.67%), followed by a combined reason of soybeans nutritional value and other health reasons (20.00%) which are the non cholesterol constitution of soybean The results also show the existence of a strong relationship following a chi-square value of 24.1 and P-value of 0.003 (at P≤.0.05 confidence interval.) This is an indication of favorable positive consumer attitude towards soybeans, considering that other food items share from the same budget estimate.

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