Refugee Influx in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State: A Sociological Insight into its Impact on Food Security
Keywords:refugee influx, Food Security, Ikom Local Government Area
AbstractThe study examines the sudden and unabated influx of refugee exiles from the camerounÂ into the border town ofÂ Ikom and food security within theÂ Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. In pursued of the study objective, the survey research design was adopted and a sample of 400 respondents was selected from the study population, using the purposive and simple randomization technique from Ikom Local Government area of Cross River State, Nigeria. The instrument used for data collection is a four point likert scale questionnaire structured to accommodate the options of true, completely true, false and completely false. The questionnaire contained 12 items. Data gathered from the field was meticulously while lineal regression was considered appropriate instrument used to analyses the field coded data at 0.05 confidence level. Result revealed that there is a significant relationship between refugee influx and Food Security in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. The study recommends That the Cross River state synergize with the relevant agencies of the Federal Government as well as other international Agencies to stimulate production in ikom through agricultural programmes such as farmers small holders schemes, cassava, banana, yam, plantain plantations schemes, animal husbandry, cottage industries etc. to promote aggressive food revolution within affected areas in order to avert serious food crisis amongst others
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