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oa African Journal of Farm Child and Youth Development - Female children paticipation in household food security in Ijebu North area of Nigeria

Volume 1, Issue 1
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Abstract

This study was carried out to (i) investigate the various activities performed by female children in household food security, (ii) determine the personal and socio-economic characteristics of female children participating in household food security, (iii) identify the major problems confronting female children participating in household food security, and (iv) identify the needs of female children participating in household food security. Ten households were randomly selected from each of the six communities (Ago - Iwoye, Awa - Ijebu, Oru - Ijebu, Ilaporu, Ijebu - Igbo and Mamu - Ijebu) that make up Ijebu North area of Ogun State. A female child within the age range of 7 to 18 years was randomly selected from each of the households. The multi-stage sampling procedure yielded 60 female children as respondents from 60 households. Descriptive statistics, chi - square (X2) and student 't' tests were applied to the data, and the findings of the study reveal that :

  1. (i) Significant relationship exists between the female children's participation in household food security and their ages (X2 = 11.947), religion (X2 = 3.522) and educational level (X2 = 13.193) at p < 0.005.
  2. (ii) The problems confronting female children participating in household food security have not significantly affected their level of participation.
Finally, it became evident that female children's participation in household food security contributes positively to improving food and financial economy, but it is pertinent that such participation should be devoid of child labour or child abuse factors.

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2002-12-01
2019-05-27

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