Measuring Poverty with Demographic Variables in Oil and Gas Polluted Crop Farms in Rivers State, Nigeria

Measuring Poverty with Demographic Variables in Oil and Gas Polluted Crop Farms in Rivers State, Nigeria

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Author(s): ThankGod Peter Ojimba

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Abstract

This study focused on measuring poverty with demographic variables in crude oil and gas polluted crop farms in Rivers State Nigeria. A total of 296 questionnaires were used for analysis. The results showed that extent of poverty (P0) on age of household heads was highest in crude oil polluted crop farms (64.20%) as compared to 53% in non-polluted and 57.80% in all crop farms surveyed. The P0 ratio on gender of household heads indicated that more male headed households were poor (72.20%) in the crude oil polluted crop farms as against 55.30% in non-polluted and 55.80% in all crop farms surveyed. The P0 measure on marital status of household heads in crude oil polluted crop farms was higher (69.10%) as compared to 49.8% in non-polluted and 59.60% in all crop farms surveyed. In conclusion, there was higher level of poverty experienced among crop farmers in crude oil and gas polluted areas in Rivers State, Nigeria.

Keywords

Household heads poverty, headcount, poverty gap, poverty severity, FGT, demographic variables, crude oil and gas polluted crop farms, Rivers State Nigeria

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