Accepted paper:

Gender considerations in development and utilization of technological innovations: evidence from Ghana

Authors:

Monica Addison (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology)
Gaudiose Mujawamariya (Africa Rice Center)

Paper short abstract:

The study tests the link between gender, development, and utilization of technological innovations. We observed that the varietal preference of male rice farmers is marketability whereas that of the female is early maturity. We recommend broader investment in rice research for gender-inclusiveness.

Paper long abstract:

The study sought to investigate the linkage between gender, development, and utilization of technological innovations in Ghana. The study adopted an exploratory design and employed a thematic content analysis for the qualitative data derived from in-depth interviews with selected rice scientists and farmers. We identified that research institutions lack the requisite mandate, capacity, and resources to mainstream gender issues in research activities. We also observed that the varietal preference of male rice farmers is marketability whereas that of their female counterparts is early maturity, suggesting differences in gender needs and concerns. We recommend broader investment in rice research for gender-inclusiveness and equity.

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