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Poverty headcount rate in Nigeria 2019, by activity and gender

As of 2019, the population mostly affected by poverty in Nigeria was those working exclusively in the agricultural sector. Households with a male household head were much more impacted than those with a female head. For instance, about 58 percent of people belonging to households with a male head working in the agriculture was living below the poverty line. According to national standards, an individual with less than 137.4 thousand Nigerian Naira (roughly 361 U.S. dollars) per year is considered poor. Nationwide, 40.1 percent of population lived in poverty.

Poverty headcount rate in Nigeria as of 2019, by income-generating activity and gender

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Release date

May 2020



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Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The headcount ratio defines the proportion of population that is living in the households where the value of per capita total consumption expenditure is below or equal to the poverty line. The estimates exclude Borno state."

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