Rural-Urban Interdependence in Food Systems in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria

  • Nicholas Ozor African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
  • Remigius Ozioko Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria
  • Ernest Acheampong African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)


The paper explored the rural-urban interdependence in food systems in Nsukka Local Government Area, of Enugu State in Nigeria. Using a stratified sampling technique, 270 household heads participated in the study, comprising of 180 respondents from two rural communities and 90 respondents from the urban area. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used for data analysis. Results show that household socio-economic characteristics such as age, income, education and occupation play significant role in rural-urban interdependence by influencing the decision to migrate, remain in the rural area, or provide urban services in rural areas. The interdependence revolves around five key aspects namely; the urban supply of food and raw materials, migration, labour supply, remittance, and socio-cultural obligations which facilitate the extent of flow of money, goods, and services between rural and urban economies. Large scale production mainly cassava, pepper, and maize occurs in the rural areas whereas small to medium scale production, mainly vegetables, are practiced in the urban areas. Most rural households use rudimentary farm implements and inputs which limit their capacity to increase agricultural production and maintain the flow of agricultural goods in the rural-urban food systems. Factors such as migration; lack of access to land, market and infrastructure; political instability; and poor policy support affect the rural-urban interdependence and hence will require the diversification of enterprises; provision of requisite infrastructure, technologies and farm inputs; and the provision of enabling environment for the interdependence to thrive.

Author Biographies

Nicholas Ozor, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)
Executive Director, ATPS
Remigius Ozioko, Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria
Postgraduate Student
Ernest Acheampong, African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS)


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How to Cite
OZOR, Nicholas; OZIOKO, Remigius; ACHEAMPONG, Ernest. Rural-Urban Interdependence in Food Systems in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. Journal of Agricultural Extension, [S.l.], v. 19, n. 2, nov. 2015. ISSN 2408-6851. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 oct. 2020.
General Extension and Teaching Methods


rural; urban; interdependence; food systems; remittance; migration