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ABCs of diversifying information resources among rice smallholders of Ghana

by Misiko, M; Halm, E.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticlePublisher: New York : Taylor and Francis, 2016Subject(s): Diffusion of information | Smallholders | Rice | GhanaOnline resources: Click here to access online In: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 2016, vol.22, no.3, p.271-289Summary: ABSTRACT Purpose: We investigated how information resource diversification can enhance smallholder agricultural knowledge in Ghana. Design/Methodology/Approach: Study tools and methods were questionnaire survey (N = 200), focus group discussion (N = 1), in-depth interviews (N = 18) and field direct observation. Findings: This study shows there existed diversity of information resources in Hohoe. This diversity was, however, devoid of a broad integration process to enhance smallholder access to and use of agricultural information. We demonstrate that new information channels or sources cannot function independently, but rather through an integrated approach that relies on a human facet of extension. Practical Implications: We illustrate the need for integrated extension that includes interactive field modules such as basic cell phone decision guides that support smallholder construction of solutions for their circumstances. This process requires new sets of smallholder skills and holistic extension schemes that diversify information resources through incorporation and adaptation, rather than substitution. New information resources can only be gradually mainstreamed through integration with more familiar extension means. They need a human interface because smallholder householders did not require same types and/or amounts of information. Human interface is essential to ensure critical groups including women access and utilise agricultural information resources, but without entrenching unfair task allocations among smallholder householders. Originality/Value: This paper illustrates how extension can be strengthened through new approaches. However, new approaches such as use of basic cell phones cannot be standalone processes; they require a human interface and an integrated process. The article presents actual data collected from the Ghana.
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ABSTRACT Purpose: We investigated how information resource diversification can enhance smallholder
agricultural knowledge in Ghana.
Design/Methodology/Approach: Study tools and methods were questionnaire survey (N = 200),
focus group discussion (N = 1), in-depth interviews (N = 18) and field direct observation.
Findings: This study shows there existed diversity of information resources in Hohoe. This diversity
was, however, devoid of a broad integration process to enhance smallholder access to and use of
agricultural information. We demonstrate that new information channels or sources cannot function
independently, but rather through an integrated approach that relies on a human facet of extension.
Practical Implications: We illustrate the need for integrated extension that includes interactive field
modules such as basic cell phone decision guides that support smallholder construction of solutions
for their circumstances. This process requires new sets of smallholder skills and holistic extension
schemes that diversify information resources through incorporation and adaptation, rather than
substitution. New information resources can only be gradually mainstreamed through integration
with more familiar extension means. They need a human interface because smallholder
householders did not require same types and/or amounts of information. Human interface is
essential to ensure critical groups including women access and utilise agricultural information
resources, but without entrenching unfair task allocations among smallholder householders.
Originality/Value: This paper illustrates how extension can be strengthened through new
approaches. However, new approaches such as use of basic cell phones cannot be standalone
processes; they require a human interface and an integrated process. The article presents actual
data collected from the Ghana.

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