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Women’s empowerment boosts the gains in dietary diversity from agricultural technology adoption in rural Kenya

Menale Kassie, Monica Fisher, Geoffrey Muricho and Gracious Diiro

Food Policy, 2020, vol. 95, issue C

Abstract: Using new survey data from rural Kenya, this paper assesses the moderating effect of women’s empowerment on the relationship between agricultural technology adoption and women’s dietary diversity. We use a multiple treatment endogenous switching regression framework to control for potential endogeneity of women’s empowerment and technology adoption. We find that women’s empowerment has a positive and significant effect on the women’s dietary diversity score regardless of technology adoption status. We further show that women’s empowerment enhances the positive effects of technology adoption on women’s dietary diversity. Although technology adoption has a positive impact on women’s dietary diversity regardless of empowerment status, its effect is stronger for households with empowered vs. disempowered women. Study results suggest that individual and household welfare could be enhanced to a greater degree through interventions that promote women’s empowerment and technology adoption simultaneously rather than separately.

Keywords: Agriculture; Women’s empowerment; Technology adoption; Dietary diversity; Kenya (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.101957

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