Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 57–69

Gender discrimination and its impact on income, productivity, and technical efficiency: evidence from Benin

  • Florent M. Kinkingninhoun-Mêdagbé
  • Aliou Diagne
  • Franklin Simtowe
  • Afiavi R. Agboh-Noameshie
  • Patrice Y. Adégbola
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10460-008-9170-9

Cite this article as:
Kinkingninhoun-Mêdagbé, F.M., Diagne, A., Simtowe, F. et al. Agric Hum Values (2010) 27: 57. doi:10.1007/s10460-008-9170-9

Abstract

This paper examines the occurrence and impact of gender discrimination in access to production resources on the income, productivity, and technical efficiency of farmers. Through an empirical investigation of farmers from Koussin-Lélé, a semi-collective irrigated rice scheme in central Benin, we find that female rice farmers are particularly discriminated against with regard to scheme membership and access to land and equipment, resulting in significant negative impacts on their productivity and income. Although women have lower productivity, they are as technically efficient as men. The findings suggest that there is considerable scope for improving the productivity of women through increasing their access to production resources.

Keywords

Gender Productivity Technical efficiency Irrigated rice Benin 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Florent M. Kinkingninhoun-Mêdagbé
    • 1
  • Aliou Diagne
    • 1
  • Franklin Simtowe
    • 1
  • Afiavi R. Agboh-Noameshie
    • 1
  • Patrice Y. Adégbola
    • 2
  1. 1.Africa Rice Center (WARDA)CotonouBenin
  2. 2.Programme Analyse de la Politique Agricole (PAPA) de l’Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin (INRAB)Porto-NovoBenin

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