More than 1,400 researchers attended the 2017 AAEA meeting, held July 30 to August 1, to discuss their work in agriculture and related applied economics fields. Dr Owoo’s paper on “Food Insecurity in Nigeria – Spatial Mapping, Socioeconomic Determinants and Child Nutrition Outcomes” was selected for presentation. Focusing on family structure and food (in)security in Nigeria, the paper explores correlations between polygyny and household food security. The project also examines how “wife rank” can explain individual food security, in terms of child nutrition, within polygynous households.
Dr Owoo’s findings show that although polygynous households were more food secure than monogamous households, as measured by diet diversity and reduced coping strategies, children of monogamous mothers were healthier in the long run. Additionally, within polygynous households, children of junior wives showed better long-tern nutritional outcomes than children of senior wives, as is consistent with the existing literature.
Dr Owoo is one of eight early-career African scholars who received mentorship and capacity building thanks to PEP and in collaboration with Cornell Univeristy under the Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) program. Find out more about the STAARS fellows.