April 2017 - STAARS fellow, Beatrice Muriithi, presented her findings on gender and agricultural technology adoption in Kenya during a poster session at the 91st Agricultural Economics Society (AES) Conference, held in Dublin, Ireland, on April 24-26, 2017.
The conference brought together more than 150 professional and academic agricultural economists from over 25 countries to share research, debate topical and policy issues, and network.
Beatrice Muriithi was selected to present a poster summarizing her Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) research project on “Does gender matter in adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies? A case of push-pull technology in Kenya.” Her findings indicate that in the case of push-pull technology there is no difference in the adoption levels of men and women. Based on these findings, push-pull technology should be promoted in an inclusive way to help increase the food security status of women and their households. Find out more about the findings and policy recommendations of this study in PEP policy brief 169. This study was carried out with scientific support from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.
Gender and women’s issues in development were a key research focus among the presentations and were underlined by the Chair of the AES. Ms. Muriithi took advantage of this opportunity to discuss her research with other socio-economists and organizations with similar research interests.
As well as an opportunity to discuss her work with other researchers, Ms. Muriithi attended plenary and parallel sessions on topics including agricultural development, technology adoption, food demand and policy.
Beatrice Muriithi was able to attend the 2017 AES Conference thanks to a grant from PEP.