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1 National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, PMB 7006 Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

2 International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Regional Hub for Eastern Africa 25, Light Industrial Area, Mikocheni B, PMB 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

3 Centre National d Recherche Appliquee au Developpement Rural (FOFIFA) Ambatobe, B.P. 1690 101 Antananarivo, Madagascar

Abstract

Labour productivity affects food security, but quantifying this relationship has been scarce with respect to empirical literature. The Central Madagascar dataset explores the influence of labour productivity and related variables on the food security status of cassava farmers. Drawing on both theory and empirical evidence, this paper argues that fundamental effects of links between labour productivity and food security are most times often overlooked currently in policy analyses. The study used a probit regression analytical procedure to explain the effect of labour productivity on food security of 180 Malagasy smallholder cassava farmers selected through a multi-stage random sampling technique. Results showed that 25% of the cassava farmers were food in-secure. Labour productivity had a direct relationship with food security status of farmers at 1% level of probability as well as membership of cooperatives and farm size. Aged farmers were more food insecure at 10% level of probability than their younger counterparts. Households with high dependency ratio and family labour tend to be food insecure at 1% and 10% level of probability respectively among the farmers sampled. The results therefore call for land re-distribution and re-form policies aimed at encouraging younger farmers who seem to be more labour productive by allocating more land to these group (as cooperatives) to increase cassava
cultivation thereby giving a boost to food security.

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