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American University Washington (1986)

DIFFERENTIAL INNOVATION ADOPTION PATTERNS OF FEMALE AND MALE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS : A CASE STUDY FROM THE TAITA HILLS OF KENYA

Kimberley Lucas

Titre : DIFFERENTIAL INNOVATION ADOPTION PATTERNS OF FEMALE AND MALE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS : A CASE STUDY FROM THE TAITA HILLS OF KENYA

Auteur : Kimberley Lucas

Université de soutenance : American University Washington

Grade : Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology 1986

Résumé
This study is an examination of certain patterns of innovation adoption among a group of smallholder farmers in the Taita Hills of Kenya. Several specific questions are examined, all with the goal of exposing those factors most important to the adoption of innovative agricultural inputs. An examination of data concerning farming practices and the socio-economic characteristics of my sample revealed the following : differences between male and female farmers in rates of adoption are negligible ; where differences do occur they are the result of differential production goals and access to resources ; extension appears to target only proven innovators, those already possessing the knowledge and resources to innovate ; the three primary factors involved in adoption of innovations are entrepreneurial traits of the targeted farmers, differential goals of commerical versus food production and differential access to the resources necessary for innovation in agriculture, that is, cash and labor.

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