Political Economy of Food Security and Sustainable Economic Development in Nigeria

E. I. Wonah

Abstract


The paper examined Political Economy of Food Security and Sustainable Economic Development in Nigeria. The main argument of the paper is that whereas food security is desirable but the unregulated anthropogenic activities coupled with the nonchalant and antidemocratic behaviour of the actors of Nigerian state can encumber sustainable economic development in Nigeria. One of the objectives is to prove that food security can be achieved without impeding the achievement of sustainable economic development in Nigeria. The paper relied on secondary sources of data and adopted democratic elitism as an analytical construct. One of the assumptions of democratic elitism is that in every society, the few rule but they must rule in tandem with democratic values and principles. The paper observed inter alia, that understanding and applying the basic principles of Political Economy can also engender the achievement of food security and sustainable economic development in Nigeria. One of the recommendations of the paper is that political elites and indeed Nigerians should imbibe and demonstrate democratic culture.

Key Words: Political Economy, Food Security, Sustainable Economic Development, Democratic Elitism, Actors of Nigerian State


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