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
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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 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
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
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
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
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
A research study led by agricultural economist Arun Khatri-Chhetri found that climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technologies and practices could potentially reduce the burden of labor among women farmers in climate-risk and poverty hotspots in Nepal. These CSA technologies included zero tillage machines, weeders, and solar pump irrigation. Sound post-harvest management and practices such as direct seeding of rice, laser land leveling, and green manuring were also critical to labor burden reduction.
Community-based farmers’ organizations represent and reflect the status of the rural farming communities. They’ve become the face of the small-scale farmers. These organizations played a key role in advancing farmer’s rights by lobbying policies for rural and sustainable development. They are involved in improving food security, reducing poverty, and lowering unemployment. However, the lack of or minimal visibility of these organizations limit their mobility and ability to forge sustainable partnerships.
In an effort to raise incomes and increase resilience of smallholder farmers and their families in Feed the Future countries, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project. This project is led by Digital Green in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CARE International (CARE) and multiple resource partners. DLEC will work with country stakeholders and USAID missions to