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Farmers’ perception of the quality of mobile-based extension services in Egypt: a comparison between public and private provision

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Kassem, Hazem S. (main author), Shabana, Rasha M. (author), Alotaibi, Bader M. (author), Ghoneim, Yomna A. (author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2019-04
URL:
https://doi.org/10.1177/0266666919832649
Published:
SAGE Journals
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
communication barriers, communication methods, extension services, farmers, government services, information sources, perceptions, telecommunication, access, knowledge exchange, Egypt (Africa, Northern)
Notes:
20 pages., via online journal., During the last 10 years, different initiatives have been implemented to provide mobile-based extension services for the agricultural sector in Egypt. The current study compared the quality of agricultural extension messages between public and private providers. A simple random sample of 120 farmers was selected representing 7% of the total farmers registered in the databases of Ministry of Agriculture (public services) and Shoura company (private services). Farmers assessed a sample of 10 messages delivered by both providers in terms of six indicators namely (1) access, (2) utilization, (3) timeliness, (4) trust, (5) satisfaction, and (6) sharing information with other farmers. The findings revealed the lack of access to messages by the farmers in the two services. However, more than 50% had utilized the majority of messages (in case of access). The study also showed significant differences between perception of farmers to quality attributes in public and private services (Access 6.77, 0.01; Utilization 8.44, 0.004; Timeliness 8.55, 0.002; Satisfaction 8.88, 0.001; information sharing 7.62, 0.009) except for trust (1.11, 0.4). Findings provide practical implications to support mobile-based extension services to enable sharing information and link farmers with other actors in the agricultural value chain.