Rural Communication Services

Farmers’ Perceptions Regarding the Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern Pakistan

Farmers in the Khybe Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province in Pakistan considered the utilization of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a useful source of agricultural information. In the study published by Aldosari et.al in 2017, farmer respondents agreed that information gathered through traditional media (radio and television) as well as the new media (mobile phone and internet) are sufficient for them. However, issues on access, availability and educational status affect the

Exploring Television as Medium for Rural Development in Bangladesh

Television is said to be one of the most important medium for communicating with rural communities as it has the potential to disseminate development information. However, in Bangladesh, a group of researchers who did a study to identify the use of television in the rural communities found that rural people are unaware about the tv programs or that they don’t have time to watch these programs. Thus, although tv could

Radio+ increased mobilization of agricultural knowledge in Sri Lanka

Media use in agriculture is an area of interest among sector members. In Sri Lanka, a group composed of staff from Rangiri Radio, Department of Export Agriculture, Wayamba University and LIRNEAsia, and researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Guelph in Canada aimed to know the affordances of adopting radio+ (broadcast radio combined with information and communication technologies). Specifically, the group wanted to explore radio+ as a

Farmers' Access to ICT-based Media for Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has the power to improve the socio-economic condition of communities, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. As an agricultural nation, agricultural information is to improve the productivity and quality of life. However, in the 2018 study of Khalak et al., issues on access and affordability remained to be a major roadblock for farmers to capitalize the benefits of ICT-based media in accessing agricultural information. This

Social Media As Tool for Knowledge Sharing and Social Networking Among Farmers in India

Social media, though many doubts exist on its use for sharing of information among farmers, is a popular ICT tool that has great potential to be used for knowledge sharing and social networking among farmers. In the 2018 case study of Thakur and Chander, the findings revealed that Facebook, WhatsApp and YouTube are now being used to share diverse farming-based information across India. Using social media, information from different agricultural

Mobile Phone Use in Agricultural Information in Bangladesh

Mobile phone has been and enabling tool for communication and development in the world, especially in developing countries like Bangladesh. Using secondary data, a 2018 study by Rahman and Afrad revealed that the increasing number of mobile subscribers in the country resulted to an improvement of different sectors like agriculture, industry and services, which contribute in the national economy of Bangladesh. Findings also showed the importance of mobile phone technology

Participatory Communication Approach: Advancing Rural Development through Community Radios

Dr. Dhanraj A. Patil explored a participatory communication approach for rural development in India. He did this by studying two grassroots community radio stations in rural India: the Sangam Radio in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh and the Radio Bundelkhand in Orchha district of Madya Pradesh. Using media ethnography tools, the article aimed to answer if community radios in India are instrumental in encouraging the participation of the voiceless and

Empowered Community Radios For Healthy Communities in Indonesia

Can community radios really contribute in building healthy communities? According to Ibrahim (2018), it is possible but only if the community radio is empowered and health communication perspective with local culture basis are important agenda. The author centered his observations on the three radio stations in the Pantura region in Indonesia namely: Arya FM; QLan FM; and NHfm. The study revealed that community radios provided the needed space for community members

GeoFarmer tool helps information sharing among farmers

Information and experiences sharing  among farmers is important in improving farming practices.  To support these exchanges of experiences, the GeoFarmer app was designed to help these farmers. In this app, it enables a multi-way communication among farmers, researchers, and community workers to collect and share information and experiences.  Farmers  learn from each other by asking questions, sharing some suggestions on how to manage and improve their farm. GeoFarmer was tested

Mobile phone application for pest identification in Northwest Cambodia

Cambodian farmers had experienced decrease in production yield due to crop infestation, worsened by improper pest management. In 2016, an image-rich mobile phone application was developed as an alternative method in extending pest management education among mungbean farmers and farmer communities. The Pest ID app provided its users a “photo dictionary” containing pest management information applicable to the local context. This app is offered in Khmer and English. A 2018