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Title:Gender Differentials in Adoption of Improved Maize Production Technologies in Mbeya Region of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania
Authors:Mwangi, Wilfred
Verkuijl, Hugo
Bisanda, Shekania
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:gender relations
women farmers
farm management
Women's Issues
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Gender-based analysis
Agricultural engineering
Zea mays L.
Mbeya Region (Tanzania)
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Abstract:Gender differentials in the adoption of improved maize production technologies in Tanzania (Mbeya, Mbozi and Rungwe districts) were analysed using the logit regression model and two dependent variables: improved seed varieties and fertiliser. The results indicated that the adoption of improved maize seed and fertiliser is biased by gender, where female-headed households adopt the technologies less. The number of cattle, extension services and years of education had a positive influence on the adoption of improved maize seed for male-headed households, while the use of organic fertiliser, household size, district (Mbozi), and radio ownership had a positive influence on the adoption of inorganic fertiliser for male-headed households. The number of cattle, years of education, extension services, and area under maize did not affect the adoption of improved maize seed or fertiliser for female-headed households, mainly due to significantly less access of female heads to these resources or services. Therefore, policy should address gender disparities in access to extension services, formal education and cattle ownership that exist because of sociocultural and institutional factors limiting the adoption of technologies by female-headed households. Bibliogr., note, sum.