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Background

Assessing Agricultural Technologies for their Impacts on Gender Roles and Nutrition

Agriculture extension services (AES) are a key pathway for delivering information on agricultural technologies to farmers to support increased and more efficient production. However, AES often do not differentiate between different types of farmers and their respective needs, including differences between men and women farmers. Furthermore, agricultural technology design often focuses on technical features and does not consider end user needs. Designing and disseminating technologies in a gender-sensitive way can impact technology adoption and potentially have pay offs for men and women farmers, particularly for women who have slower rates of technology adoption than men. These benefits could include increased access to income and improved nutrition.

The Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) consortium partner, Cultural Practice, LLC (CP), is leading the development and application of a gender and technology assessment tool to examine the potential impact of agricultural technologies and practices on women’s time and labor and on nutrition-related behaviors and choices. The assessments will analyze the relevance of the agricultural technologies to men’s and women’s current economic activities; the extent to which women would benefit from increased income through technology adoption (e.g., via increased sales value of crop or livestock products or via wage labor); and the different pathways for learning about and accessing the new technologies, including extension services. Additionally, the assessments will consider enabling environmental issues that affect men’s and women’s access to productive resources, household dynamics that facilitate or limit the capacity of women farmers to adopt selected technologies, and the potential of the technologies to improve nutrition.

The goal of the assessments is to develop recommendations on how the incentives to adopt the technology might be altered to appeal more to women farmers, how to increase women’s access to benefits from the adoption of technologies, and how to design distribution models that respond to women farmers’ needs through extension agents, input suppliers, and mobile devices.

Technology Assessment Toolkit

Webinar

Assessing Agricultural Technologies for their Impacts on Gender Roles and Nutrition
Check out the recorded webinar presentation, hosted by Cristina Manfre and Caitlin Nordehn (Cultural Practice, LLC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wKX9Inmt2g