WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE, TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY IN WEST AFRICA
This paper investigated the relationship between environmental quality and the adoption of technology by women in agriculture in sixteen West African countries over a period of 16 years (2000-2016). The effect of the use of smartphones, laptops, tablets and charging devices on the level of carbon emission was examined. This paper points out that, though the adoption of technology has increased agricultural production, it has also impacted environmental quality in terms of carbon prints and the quality of life of women farmer adopters. This paper adopts the Fixed and Random effect of Hausman’s test method with data from WDI ranging from 2000 to 2016. Female employment in Agriculture (FEA) was 46% of the agricultural workforce. The paper recommends adherence to the 2015 Paris agreement on low carbon emission, which should be properly monitored and carried out by Governments and relevant agencies, investing in eco-friendly sustainable means of electricity and viable means of transportation to reduce the use of fossil fuel.
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