Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 4, Issue 2,2006
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Staple food policy and supply response in Nigeria: A case of cassava


Nkang M. Nkang *, Daniel S. Udom, Sylvester O. Abang

Recieved Date: 2005-08-13, Accepted Date: 2006-03-27


Increased government concern in making agriculture a major foreign exchange earner and contributor to the nation’s gross domestic product as part of its economic diversification agenda leads directly to a need for information about farmers’ response to changes in price and non-price factors. This is particularly important in the case of Nigerian cassava production; having assumed a centre stage as a potential export crop, and in spite of constituting a significant proportion of staple diets of Nigerians. This paper analyses the supply response of cassava farmers in Nigeria using a dynamic regression model. The results show that tinkering with price and market incentives may have adverse effects on farmers’ response, and in turn government’s objective of making cassava a foreign exchange earner for the country. Again, the paper reveals that contractionary fiscal policies would hurt crops such as cassava, which are responsive to non-price fiscal incentives.


Cassava, food policy, supply, price, elasticity, partial adjustment

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2006
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 143-146

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