In this webinar, Dr Alexandra Peralta will present a new study analysing social learning effects among men and women in cocoa-growing households in Vanuatu.
Dr Peralta finds that information network links are determined by proximity for both men and women. Separated gender analysis highlights wide gender gaps in access to information from peers and other information channels. The results robustly show learning effects among men but not among women, and that despite women and men participating almost equally in cocoa production and postharvest activities, women participated in fewer extension visits and less training activities. Women have fewer contacts within their information networks and scored lower than men in the knowledge test. Ignoring gender dynamics in the acquisition of information for the design and implementation of extension interventions can result in widening these gaps.
These results have implications for the design and implementation of gender-inclusive extension strategies.
Read Dr Peralta’s draft paper here (https://devpolicy.org/Events/2020/Gender-differences-in-social-learning-among-Vanuatu-cocoa-growers_26Aug/DRAFT_paper_APeralta.pdf). Please note that this is a draft only not for citing or further sharing.
The event will be a public webinar and will be recorded. The recording will be made available after the event through the Development Policy Centre website (https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au).