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Unearthing the potential of participatory, and information and communication technologies’ led extension and learning approaches in agricultural and environmental education in Uganda

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Karubanga, Gabriel (main author), Agea, Jacob Geofrey (author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2019-08
URL:
http://www.afjrd.org/jos/index.php/afjrd/article/view/527
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
communication barriers, coverage, extension, extension services, farmer needs, information needs, small farmers, access, environment education, Uganda (Africa, Eastern), information communication technology, inclusion
Notes:
9 pages., ISSN 2415-2838, via online journal., Uganda’s public agricultural extension system has experienced several reforms since colonial times. However, available literature indicates that a large number of smallholder farmers remain unreached by the extension systems. To address the above problem, there has been a call to unearth the role of participatory and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)-led extension and learning approaches for agricultural and environmental education, and development in the country. As such, a review study was conducted on the context and the potential of participatory, and ICT-led extension and learning approaches to agricultural and environmental education. The reviews involved thematic and content analysis of variables of interest. The review findings presented a critical review of the historical and current state of agricultural extension reforms in Uganda. It also highlighted the challenges and lessons on the status, context, and potential of participatory, and ICT-led extension and learning in agricultural and environmental education in Uganda. It elaborated on recurring extension issues and described the experiences on the role of ICTs to extension and emerging practices that are enhancing the delivery of timely information that suits the needs of farmers. Policy recommendations were henceforth made to tap the potential of participatory, and ICT-led extension and learning approaches in order to enhance the performance of agricultural extension systems in Uganda.