Development And Technology Dissemination Of Gender-Friendly Farm Machinery In Selected Agricultural Agencies In The Philippines
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This study describes the gender sensitivity principles to be applied in the development of gender-friendly farm machinery. The study was conducted in selected agricultural agencies such as the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Philippine Sino-Center for Agricultural Technology (PhilSCAT) at Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) at Maligaya, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. Furthermore, to assess the opinion of the end users of the agricultural machinery, the study was conducted on endorsed areas that adopted these technologies. The result shows that the engineers of PhilMech, PhilSCAT, and PhilRice have seldom exposure to gender-related topics, and some exhibits unfamiliarity with other terminologies used. The engineers’ sex, age, and civil status were revealed to be significant in their exposure to gender-related topics. Generally, men farmers are more exposed to the identified agricultural machinery than women farmers who remain uninformed about controlling agricultural machinery. Today, women farmers are hindered by information and equipment accessibility. Gender disparity in the agricultural sector remains a problem but farmers agreed that there must be machinery that can be easily manipulated by women which is push-button, lightweight, height considerate, easy to fix, riding type, and economically affordable.