African Journal of Gender and Women Studies

African Journal of Gender and Women Studies ISSN 2516-9831 Vol. 2 (4), pp. 095-100, April, 2017. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

A study of the socio-economic characteristics and disparity in gender access to ICTs

Olumide Adebayo*, Israel Oyedepo and Bolaji Awojobi 

Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Accepted 12 September, 2016

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This study critically examined the access of women farmers to Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) as against their male counterparts. A total of 120 respondents were randomly selected and interviewed using structured questionnaires. Data collected were subjected to descriptive statistics, Chi-square and rank test. The results indicated that the women folk, despite their dominance in agricultural activities, were dominated in terms of access to and full participation in the use of ICTs. Chi-square analysis on the relationship between socio-economic characteristics of the respondents with their access to ICTs showed that age and education have significant relationship with the respondents’ access to ICTs. Kruskal Wallis rank test showed that there was a significant difference in the gender access to and the uses of ICTs (P ≤ 0.005) with the male dominating the female gender. Chi-square analysis revealed that age and educational background of the respondents had significant relationships with their access to ICTs (P ≤ 0.005).

Key words: Information and Communications Technology (ICTs), gender, rural, access, agriculture, development.