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Adetunji, Mathew O. and Igbinoba, Angie Osarieme and Aremu, Fakunle J. and Deji, Olanike F. (2017) GENDER ANALYSIS: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ADOPTION AMONG RURAL FARM DWELLERS IN OYO STATE, NIGERIA. In: aThe Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA), 2017, Netherlands.

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The high illiteracy level in most rural communities of Nigeria is not representative of positive impacts that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have had on Nigerian rural agriculture in terms of productivity, growth and development. The study investigated the adoption of ICTs among rural farm dwellers in Iseyin Local Government Area of Oyo state, Nigeria, using gender analysis. A well-structured interview schedule was employed to elicit quantitative information from 60 male and 60 female rural farm dwellers from Serafu, Ado-awaye and Osoogun in Iseyin Local Government Areas, using the two stage random sampling procedure. Results showed that 55% of the male respondents and 46.7% of the female respondents adopted various selected ICTs in general. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) at <0.05 level of significance resulted that a significant difference exists in the adoption of the ICTs of both male and female respondents (F= 4.198). The findings revealed that at <0.05 level of significance, significant difference existed in the level of income of the male and female respondents (F= 4.079). The study revealed that male farmers adopted ICTs more than their female counterparts, and there were significant gender gaps in ICT adoption among rural farm dwellers in Nigeria. Therefore, in order to bridge the gender gap in the level of adoption of ICTs, among rural dwellers, it was recommended that various ICTs should be made available for rural dwellers at subsidized rate because larger percentage of them are aware of the importance and benefits of ICTs but lack the financial capacity to acquire them. The government should formulate policy that will enhance continuous development, dissemination, and utilization of gender responsive ICTs for farming activities and for development of rural livelihood, in Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 09:34
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 09:34

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