Intra-household gender dynamics and sustainable agricultural technology adoption: evidence from Indonesian rural households

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 13 November 2019


McDonald Room, Menzies Library, 2 McDonald Place, ANU


Ayu Pratiwi, University of Turku


ANU Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 5954

This study examines whether the adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies is affected by the intra-household gender dynamics between a husband and wife, using a 3-year panel dataset of more than 300 coffee and cocoa-farming households in Lampung, Indonesia. It investigates the household members’ off-farm labor participation, off-farm income, and formal education.

The results indicate that off-farm labor participation increases the propensity that a household adopts sustainable agricultural techniques. The study also finds that women are more concerned about the environmental issues whereas the men are more focused on productivity. The wife’s level of education, income, and participation in formal work increased her decision-making power within the household, hence the increased adoption rate even in the cases when the wife is not a full-time farmer. This gendered approach provides important insights into natural resource planning and management in rural agricultural communities.

Ayu Pratiwi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Economics, Turku University, Finland.

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