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Promoting use of ICTs for empowerment of rural women farmers in Uganda

Access to information by rural farming communities is one of the major constraints to agricultural development in Uganda because of inadequate extension service delivery. The use of information communications technologies (ICTs) can potentially address this blockage. Although the application of ICTs in rural development is not new, its application in a particular setting makes it a unique experience. The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) initiated a project in 2005 to improve access to information through use of ICTs by rural women in Apac District, Northern Uganda. In this paper, lessons learnt from the innovative application of ICTs in accessing Agricultural information are shared. To date, women farmers can access information on markets, improved farming methods and development information through use of mobile phones, internet and radios. There are however still major challenges in the skills level of the target group, the type of content and costs involved in the use of the ICT tools.

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Author: Apio L.M
Other authors: Okello D, Owiny M
Organization: Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
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Year: 2016
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Country/ies: Uganda
Geographical coverage: Africa
Content language: English
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Type: Working paper

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