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Title:The Consequences of Absence of Adult Males on the Nutritional Status of Members of Rural Farm Households and Implications for Rural Development Programmes: A Case Study
Authors:Okeke, E. Chinwe
Nweke, Felix I.
Nnanyelugo, D.O.
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:female-headed households
rural women
small farms
Family Life
Cultural Roles
Development and Technology
Sex Roles
Abstract:Using data from a sample survey conducted in December 1984 in Opi, an agricultural community in southeastern Nigeria, the authors investigate the consequences of the absence of adult males on the nutritional status of rural farm households and explore the implications of this for national development in Nigeria. Out of some 4,000 households listed in Opi, about 480 were without adult males. 320 of these were headed by women who were widows and 160 by women whose husbands were working in the city. From each stratum 40 households were selected by random method. Information was collected on food consumption, household food cash expenditure and the value of household assets (as an index of purchasing ability), the adult women's knowledge of nutrition, and various other socioeconomic data. The nutritional status of individual household members was obtained by anthropometric measurements using weight, height and arm circumference. It was found that households with adult males were likely to have more members with normal nutritional status than households without adult males. This is because the former have more means for producing, as well as for purchasing, food. Bibliogr.