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Acta Agronómica

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GBENGA F., Koledoye  and  OLANIKE F, Deji. Gender analysis of technology utilisation among small scale oil palm fruits processors in Ondo State, Nigeria. Acta Agron. [online]. 2015, vol.64, n.1, pp.36-47. ISSN 0120-2812.

The study identified the types of improved technologies utilised, tracked gender involvement at the various stages of oil palm fruits processing activities with a view to highlighting differences in the utilisation of these technologies among male and female processors. Multistage sampling technique was used to select 240 (120 males and 120 females) oil palm fruits processors using structured interview schedule. Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Gender Mapping (GM) were used to elicit qualitative data. Data collected were summarised with the aid of descriptive statistics while t-test was used to test the hypothesis. Results showed that sterilizer, digester and hydraulic hand press were utilised by both male and female processors. Results of t-test revealed that at P ≤ 0.01, significant differences were found between male and female processors level of utilisation of oil palm processing technologies with male having a higher mean score than the female. The study concluded that gender differences exited in the level of utilisation of oil palm processing technologies among male and female processors in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Keywords : Utilisation; small scale; oil palm; technology; processors; Nigeria.

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