Improving information flows to the rural community
Information plays a key role in improving the livelihoods of farm households and small-scale rural entrepreneurs, and in accelerating rural development. Three of the papers presented in this document explore the local dimensions of farm household and community information sources and flows in Eritrea, Ghana and Uganda. The four remaining papers focus on opportunities to improve information flows through utilizing technologies, institutions and methods that lower the cost of information acquisition, processing and delivery. In particular, FM radios and telecentres offer potential as mechanisms for bridging the digital divide, stimulating the development of local information flows and linking communities to external information sources. The main lessons learned are summarized under three themes: the insights they provide about farmers’ information-seeking behaviour, limitations of existing information networks and the opportunities identified for improving information flows to rural communities.
Agricultural marketing, Market information services, Linking farmers to markets
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Agricultural Management, Marketing and Finance Occasional Papers