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dc.contributor.authorMaru, Ajit
dc.contributor.authorLatchem, Colin
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-08T10:25:10Z
dc.date.available2015-01-08T10:25:10Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11599/125
dc.description.abstractAgriculture is the mainstay of many low-income or developing nations’ economies and exports, and provides for the livelihoods of billions of smallholders. These smallholder farmers face low or reducing crop yields and incomes due to land degradation from over-farming, mono-cropping and a reduction in the labour force from the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Women smallholders today play an increasing role in agricultural production but often lack the capital, labour, time and educational levels of their male counterparts, resulting in decreased production, less nutritious crops and community pauperisation. Agricultural extension programmes can provide much-needed help in the form of practical field-advice, innovations from scientists and practitioners, and sound commodity-marketing principles. Yet the enormous demand for smallholder training can never be met through conventional extension methods. Traditionally, extension transfers knowledge from researchers or external experts to farmers through training, demonstration plots and field visits. These programmes rely on face-to-face teaching and learning, tend to be propagated slowly, are small in scale and limited in coverage. Smallholder extension programmes have always been a low priority; nowadays, the increasing privatisation and commercialisation of extension programmes places them even further out of the reach of communities most in need.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherCommonwealth of Learning, Vancouveren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesKnowledge Series
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0en_US
dc.subjectAgricultural Extensionen_US
dc.subjectICT in Agricultureen_US
dc.titleUsing Information and Communications Technology for Agricultural Extensionen_US
dc.typeBookleten_US


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