Estimating and Decomposing Groundnut Gender Yield Gap: Evidence from Rural Farming Households in Northern Nigeria

Muricho, G and Lokossou, J and Affognon, H and Ahmed, B and Desmae, H and Ajeigbe, H and Vabi, M and Yila, J and Akpo, E and Ojiewo, C (2020) Estimating and Decomposing Groundnut Gender Yield Gap: Evidence from Rural Farming Households in Northern Nigeria. Sustainability (TSI), 12 (21). pp. 1-20. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

Poverty among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa has been associated with low agricultural productivity emanating from gender yield gaps among other factors. Using data collected from smallholder groundnut producers in Nigeria, we analyzed the gender yield gap by applying the exogenous switching regression (ESR) model and Oaxaca–Blinder (OB) decomposition framework. Results from the two complementary approaches showed a significant gender yield gap in favor of male headed households (MHHs). The main and significant source of the gap was differences in resources/endowments. We found that involving female headed households (FHHs) in prerequisite yield augmenting activities like technology validation trials, testing, and demonstrations is critical in closing the existing yield gap.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : West & Central Africa
CRP: UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Groundnut, Nigeria, Gender, Yield gap, Resources
Subjects: Others > Nigeria
Mandate crops > Groundnut
Others > Gender Research
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 05:25
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2020 05:30
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11635
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218923
Projects: Tropical Legumes (TL)
Funders: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Acknowledgement: We gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this research by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
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