Challenges facing research institutions in using information and communication technologies to disseminate agricultural information to farmers in Gezira State, Sudan

In this study the challenges of effective use of ICTs to disseminate agricultural information were investigated. The study also sought to determine whether the extent of ICTs usage influenced the quality, timeliness and usefulness of disseminated agricultural information. The research additionally sought to identify socio-economic factors as well as cultural and technical constraints affecting the use of ICTs in the dissemination of agricultural information. The study generated information that can be used by stakeholders to make appropriate policy decisions involving the use of ICTs. The results indicated that socio-economic factors that influenced the use of ICTs included gender, educational level, income and farm size. The findings further indicated that technical factors such as software packages, limited skilled staff and technicians, few ICTs centres and methods of dissemination also influenced the use of ICTs. In addition cultural factors such as beliefs, moral values and religion also influenced the use of ICTs. Among researchers, the most popular methods of dissemination of agricultural information was print media (30%) followed by radio (20%) and TV (15%) while for farmers the most popular methods to access to agricultural information was radio (21.9%) followed by print media (15.33%) and TV (14.6%).
Dans cette étude, les défis de l’utilisation efficace des TIC pour diffuser l’information agricole ont été étudiés. L’étude a également cherché à déterminer si l’ampleur de l’utilisation des TIC influence la qualité, la rapidité et l’utilité de l’information agricole diffusée. La recherche en outre a cherché à identifier les facteurs socio-économiques ainsi que les contraintes culturelles et techniques qui affectent l’utilisation des TIC dans la diffusion de l’information agricole. L’étude a généré des informations qui peuvent être utilisées par les intervenants pour prendre des décisions appropriées concernant l’utilisation des TIC. Les résultats ont indiqué que les facteurs socioéconomiques qui ont influé sur l’utilisation des TIC comprennent le genre, le niveau d’instruction, le revenu et la taille des exploitations. Les conclusions en outre ont indiqué que des facteurs techniques tels que les logiciels, le personnel et des techniciens qualifiés limités, peu de centres de TIC et les méthodes de diffusion aussi ont influencé l’utilisation des TIC. En plus des facteurs culturels tels que les croyances, les valeurs morales et la religion ont aussi influencé l’utilisation des TIC. Parmi les chercheurs, la méthode la plus populaire de diffusion de l’information agricole a été la presse écrite (30%), suivie par la radio (20%) et la télévision (15%), tandis que pour les agriculteurs la méthode la plus populaire pour accéder à l’information agricole a été la radio (21,9%) suivie par la presse écrite (15,33%) et la télévision (14,6%).
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East Africa
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Information Systems"