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Title:Analysis of household preferences and determinants of consumption expenditure on meat, fish and eggs
Author:Aromolaran, A.B.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:household budget
nutritive value
Abstract:Many low-income urban households in Nigeria suffer from inadequate animal protein intake. There are two major reasons: low levels of household real income and low levels of household expenditure on food. This paper poses two vital questions: (1) which of these variables should receive greater attention from nutrition policy formulators? (2) Do low-income urban households actually expend more on those products, which they subjectively prefer? The study examines these issues using data from Warri, a major urban area in southern Nigeria. First, the results confirmed previous empirical evidence that the total monthly expenditure on food and monthly household income are the major reasons for variations in the level of household expenditure on animal protein resources by low-income households. Second, income elasticity and elasticity of household expenditure on animal protein sources in the study area showed that household food expenditure is potentially a more powerful policy instrument than household income. Third, the consumer expenditure patterns on animal protein sources was not a perfect reflection of preference. This suggests that relative consumption expenditure levels on animal protein may not be a reliable measure of consumer preference patterns for commodities. A nutrition policy regime for low-income urban households is recommended, not only to boost household per capita income, but also to encourage a substantial increase in the proportion of household income spent on food. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]