Domestic and International Remittances and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Narges Ebadi McGill University
  • Davod Ahmadi McGill Institute for Global Food Security, McGill University
  • Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez School of Human Nutrition, McGill University



Domestic remittances, international remittances, food security status, sub-Saharan Africa


The amount of remittances to developing counties, defined as the flow of monetary and non-monetary goods, has increased globally and has surpassed the amount of money spent on foreign aid in these developing countries. The impact of remittances on households’ purchasing power has been studied; however, its link to food security status is yet to be explored. This paper quantitatively analyses the relationship between food security status (measured using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale) and the receipt of domestic/ international or both remittances on households in sub- Saharan Africa. Data are derived from the Gallup World Poll from the years 2014-2017. Multinomial logistic regression models and binary logistic regression analyses were conducted to analyze the data. Results showed that remittance recipients had significantly higher household incomes (especially if the remittance was coming internationally and domestically), lived with significantly more household members (7 or more members), and were more likely to be separated (including divorced or widowed). Households that received domestic remittances had significantly higher odds of being food insecure than households receiving no remittances. Conversely, households receiving remittances internationally or a combination of domestic and international remittances had significantly lower odds of food insecurity compared to non-receivers. This study found that receiving remittances affect the food security status of people living in SSA countries. 

Author Biographies

Davod Ahmadi, McGill Institute for Global Food Security, McGill University

Davod Ahmadi is a research assistant in McGill Institute for Global Food Security. He is working on the association between time fetching water and nutritional status. Montreal, QC, Canada. 

Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University

Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez is a professor in School of Human Nutrition, McGill University, and director of McGill Institute for Global Food Security, Montreal, QC, Canada.


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How to Cite

Ebadi, N., Ahmadi, D., & Melgar-Quiñonez, H. (2020). Domestic and International Remittances and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Remittances Review, 5(1), 37-54.




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