Gender and Dynamics of Technology Adoption: Evidence from Uganda

Technology adoption is seen as an important tool for increasing agricultural efficiency and combating food insecurity. Despite this theory, Sub-Saharan Africa, which suffers from one of the highest rates of food insecurity, has one of the lowest rates of technology adoption. This is especially prevalent among female headed households. Accordingly, the objective of this paper is to investigate the dynamics of technology adoption at household level and further disaggregate it by gender. Using four waves of Ugandan household level panel data, we find that technology adoption in the first period is the primary determinant of technology adoption in the subsequent periods. Gender level analysis shows that this finding is dominant by male headed households who make the majority of the sample. In contrast, lagged technology adoption is the main driver of adoption for female headed households.

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D1; J16; O12; O33; Q16
gender and technology adoption

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