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Gender difference in technology adoption: Case of NERICA varieties in Benin

F.M.Kinkingninhoun Medagbe

No 277544, 2018 Conference, July 28-August 2, 2018, Vancouver, British Columbia from International Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: This paper analyzes the gender differential impact of NERICA adoption on rice yield and farmers annual household income using data from 342 rice farmers in Benin. NERICA varieties have been developed by AfricaRice which won its creator Monty Jones the 2004 World Food Prize. The paper applies the potential outcomes framework to estimate the Local Average Treatment Effect (LATE). The results show that NERICA adoption has positive and significant impact on farmers yield and household per capita income. The impacts of NERICA adoption are not homogeneous across farmers categories and are higher for female farmers than male farmers. The findings suggest the widely dissemination of NERICA varieties, mainly upland NERICA, with a focus on women, in order to increase rice productivity and consequently total production and income. Acknowledgement : The authors of this papers would like to thank IFAD, Japan Government and AfDB for the financial support to this study and Africa Rice center for its technical and financial support.

Keywords: Research; and; Development/; Tech; Change/Emerging; Technologies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2018-07
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