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2014-12-01 | Peer Reviewed

Are there systematic gender differences in the adoption of sustainable agricultural intensification practices? Evidence from Kenya

Wagura Ndiritu, Simon, Menale Kassie and Bekele Shiferaw. 2014. “Are there systematic gender differences in the adoption of sustainable agricultural intensification practices? Evidence from Kenya.” Food Policy 49:1: 117-127.
Download reference Doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2014.06.010

This paper uses sex-disaggregated survey data at the plot level to test whether there are systematic gender differences in the adoption of multiple sustainable intensification practices (SIPs) in Kenya.

We analyze plot level adoption decisions of SIPs by male, female or joint plot managers within the household, controlling for household characteristics, asset wealth and land quality factors that condition investments in intensification options. Using a multivariate probit model, we find gender differences in the adoption pattern for some SIPs. Compared to male plot mangers, female managers are less likely to adopt minimum tillage and animal manure in crop production, indicating the existence of certain socioeconomic inequalities and barriers for female farmers. However, we find no gender differences in the adoption of soil and water conservation measures, improved seed varieties, chemical fertilizers, maize-legume intercropping, and maize-legume rotations.