ON CONDITIONAL CASH TRANSFERS (CCTS) AND NUTRITIONAL POVERTY IN ANAMBRA WEST AND DUNUKOFIA LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AREAS OF ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA

Kenechukwu Okeyika Okezie, Austine Okere Ifeanyi

Abstract


The persistence of poverty at rural level has been a concern to policy makers across the world. The continued decline of income levels affects households in their ability to improve food and nutrition levels. Policies have thus been introduced to curb the steady rise of poverty in rural areas in Nigeria. Among such is the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCTs) introduced by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) in 2011 as an aspect of its Conditional Grants Scheme to Local Government (CGS-LGA Track). Through the CCT, the CGS goes beyond building physical infrastructure in social sectors and dovetails into enhancing welfare of persons at the lowest rung of the economic ladder, particularly at the local/rural levels. CCT has a component of provision of skill-set and funds to the tune of N100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) mostly in local agro-based businesses.Anambra West local government (LG) (an agrarian area) in Anambra Stateparticipated in the 2011 and 2012 rounds of the CCT. This paper adopts a quantitative methodology and comparatively reviews incidence of nutritional poverty between Anambra West and Dunukofia (a LG which did not participate in the CCT). The paper arrives at the conclusion that despite provision of cash to poor household, there is need to address other structural problems before the implementation of programmes aimed at pushing the poor out of poverty via CCTs.


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