Does Gender Matter in the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies? A Case of Push-Pull Technology in Kenya

34 Pages Posted: 10 May 2018 Last revised: 12 Jul 2018

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Beatrice Muriithi

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Gracious Diiro

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Menale Kassie Berresaw

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Geoffrey Muricho

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Date Written: April 9, 2018

Abstract

This paper examines if there is difference in the adoption of push-pull technology and other sustainable agricultural practices on plots managed by males, females and plots that are jointly-managed by males and females using plot level and gender disaggregated data. The econometric results suggest that there is no gender heterogeneity in the adoption of push-pull technology when the plot manager and plot characteristics are controlled for, suggesting that the technology is gender neutral. However, gender differences in the adoption pattern of other practices are evident. Jointly managed plots are more likely to adopt animal manure and soil and water conservation compared to male and female-managed plots. We do not, however, find any gender differences in the adoption of the rest of the practices. The analysis further shows that there is a significant correlation between push-pull and other sustainable agricultural practices, suggesting that the adoption of agricultural technologies is interrelated. The gender neutrality suggests that a program that considers women in the promotion and dissemination of push-pull technology can enhance the food security status of women and their households.

Keywords: Push-Pull Technology, Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Gender, Kenya, Africa

Suggested Citation

Muriithi, Beatrice and Diiro, Gracious and Berresaw, Menale Kassie and Muricho, Geoffrey, Does Gender Matter in the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Technologies? A Case of Push-Pull Technology in Kenya (April 9, 2018). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2018-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3159275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3159275

Beatrice Muriithi (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

Gracious Diiro

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology ( email )

P.O. Box 30772-00100
Nairobi
Kenya

Menale Kassie Berresaw

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology ( email )

P.O. Box 30772-00100
Nairobi
Kenya

Geoffrey Muricho

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology ( email )

P.O. Box 30772-00100
Nairobi
Kenya

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