KASAL / Biovision / Katoloni CBO Presentation: The Katoloni Farmer Information Centre PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 08:10

Anne Bruntse & David Amudavi

 Biovision Farmer Communication Programme

c/o icipe, P.O. Box 30772, 00100, Duduville Kasarani, Nairobi/Kenya

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Abstract

The value of getting timely quality information to smallholder farmers cannot be underplayed.  Hence, there is an increasing recognition by the agricultural Research and Development community to increase the farmers’ knowledge base through an integrated approach including information and communication technologies (Ballantyne, 2009; Kesavan and Swaminathan, 2008; Liang and Brookfield, 2009). With the emerging challenges of poverty, food insecurity, decreasing agricultural productivity and climate change smallholder farmers require creative approaches to enhance access to information, and transform it into useful application. Such approaches should unlock the farmers’ capabilities to innovatively manage soils, water, biological resources, pests, disease vectors, genetic diversity, and conserve natural resources in a culturally appropriate manner. This presentation examines experiences with the past, present and future of a tripartite partnership involving KARI in general and with the KASAL programme in particular, Biovision Farmer Communication Programme and Katoloni Mission CBO in improving information delivery and learning among farmers in ASAL areas.

 

 
   

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