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Title: Access and use of agricultural information and knowledge in Tanzania
Authors: Lwoga, ET
Stilwell, C
Ngulube, P
Keywords: knowledge
agricultural knowledge and information
agricultural development
rural areas
developing countries
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Emerald
Citation: Lwoga, E. T., Stilwell, C., & Ngulube, P. (2011). Access and use of agricultural information and knowledge in Tanzania. Library Review, 60(5), 383-395
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this study is to assess access to and use of agricultural knowledge and information in the rural areas of Tanzania. Design/methodology/approach – Mixed quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods were deployed. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect qualitative and quantitative data from 181 farmers in six districts of Tanzania. Focus groups and participatory techniques (i.e. information mapping and linkage diagrams) were also used to collect qualitative data from 128 farmers in the same districts. Findings – The results showed that deep, rich and complete data can be collected through the mixed quantitative, qualitative and participatory techniques. The findings demonstrated that the knowledge and information needs, and information seeking patterns of farmers were location specific. The major sources of information for farmers were predominantly local (neighbours, friends and family), followed by public extension services. Apart from radio and cell phones, advanced technologies (i.e. internet and email) and printed materials were used at a low rate despite their existence in the communities. Research limitations/implications - The study necessitates a need to conduct regular studies on information needs, map communities’ knowledge and information sources, create awareness of information sources, and knowledge culture, use participatory methods in design and development of technologies, and use multiple sources of knowledge and information (such as print and technologies) to deliver relevant information to farmers. Originality/value – Provides a deep understanding of access to and use of agricultural knowledge and information in the rural areas, which necessitates a need for demand led and client based knowledge and information services in order to meet the disparate farmers’ needs. These findings can serve as an example for the increasing use of mixed quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods in information behavior research
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1368
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