Factors associated with access of rural women to technology in Swaziland
AbstractA descriptive, correlational study was conducted to: describe the channels through which rural women obtain information regarding technology, and factors promoting access of women to technology; determine the contribution of technology to socio-economic development; and describe the relationships among factors promoting access to technology and among benefits accruing from such access. A validated and field tested interview schedule was used in data collection. The radio, agricultural extension officers, friends and neighbours were identified as important channels for information regarding technology for rural women. Access to land, sound family relationship, affordability of raw materials and support from husband promoted access of rural women to technology to a great extent. Access to technology promoted increased self-confidence, increased self-reliance, improved family health and increased ability to meet family financial obligations. The factors promoting access to technology were found to be interrelated, just as were the attendant benefits.
UNISWA Jnl of Agric Vol 8 1999: pp 63-71