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Gender Analysis of Technology Adoption by Oil Palm Processors in South West, Nigeria

Abstract

Ajoke Bankole, Oseni JO

The study analyzed gender differential in the adoption of technology among oil palm processors in South West Nigeria. The primary data were collected with the aid of structured questionnaire. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 320 (160 males and 160 females) oil palm processors. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and endogenous switching regression model. The female adopter (414.968 litres) had higher output than the male adopter (363.290 litres). Factors influencing adoption decision of the female processors are education, access to credit, experience, and awareness of processing technology, extension services and age. Factors influencing adoption decision of the male processors are experience, awareness, ownership of machinery, extension services and education. The study revealed that adoption of technology enhances output of female processors more than the male and also, adoption of technology increases the output of the adopters compared to the non-adopters. Furthermore, under female gender, variables such as educational status, access to credit, extension services, association belong to, experience and family size were statistically significant in influencing output among adopters processors while variables such as age, educational status, access to extension services, marital status and depreciation cost on fixed items had significant impact in influencing output among male gender’s adopters.

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