Rural Non-Farm Incomes and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria

"The study examines some of the factors which determine the type of non-agricultural activities in rural Nigeria an individual engages in. It is argued that diversification from subsistence farming and support for rural on-farm employment opportunities could be poverty-reducing. It has been noticed that an increase in foreign remittances reduces the incidence, depth and severity of poverty in developing countries. This study considers remittances as a source of income which could possibly reduce poverty in the rural sector of the economy. The study focus on the non-farm sector because of its potential for development and poverty alleviation in Nigeria."