Title page for ETD etd-06122009-010049

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Marimo, Pricilla
Author's Email Address pmarimo@vt.edu
URN etd-06122009-010049
Title Gender Impacts of Molecular-Assisted Breeding: The Case of Insect and Disease Resistant Cassava in Nigeria
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural and Applied Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Norton, George W. Committee Chair
Alwang, Jeffrey R. Committee Member
Christie, Maria Elisa Committee Member
  • improved cassava varieties
  • Gender
  • production
  • processing and marketing
  • Nigeria
  • Molecular-assisted breeding
Date of Defense 2009-05-13
Availability unrestricted
Cassava is the main staple crop in Nigeria. Using primary data from four south eastern states in Nigeria, the study assessed the gender impacts of improved cassava varieties. Comparative statistical analysis reveals that total female labor is higher than total male in cassava production, processing and marketing. Women spend more labor days than males for planting, weeding, harvesting, marketing and processing. The total female family labor is higher for adopters of new improved cassava varieties. There is however lower family labor input for both male and female adopters for clearing and plowing which are normally done by men.

Significant determinants of female labor supply are number of children in the household, percent of females in the household providing labor on the farm, area under improved cassava varieties and total land area. There is a positive unexpected relationship between total female labor supply and number of children.

For each of the decision making variables, there is a significant association between the gender of the spouse and the decision made except for the decision on family labor allocation. Probit results show a significant decrease in the probability that the wife makes the decision for family labor allocation, what inputs to buy and borrowing and traditional cassava income control with adoption.

Results indicate that both men and women spend their income on services directly linked to the household’s welfare. More than half of the women ranked food as number one.

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