Accepted 24th June, 2015
This broad objective of this study was to determine the effects of communal conflicts on food marketing and distribution in Imo state. The specific objectives of this research were; to describe the socio-economic characteristics of the respondents, to ascertain the effects of communal conflicts on food marketing and distribution. Multi-stage sampling technique was used. Data were collected from 150 respondents with the aid of a questionnaire. The data generated were analyzed using descriptive statistical tools such as percentage and mean. The findings revealed that the mean age of the farmers was 43years. Majority of the farmers (58%) were males. The effects on food marketing/distribution included increase in transportation costs, decrease in agricultural output, increased prices of produce among others. This study therefore recommends among others the provision of food aid, relocation of farm produce drop-off points, conflict early-warning systems among others.
Keywords: Conflicts, marketing, distribution, produce, agriculture