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September 2006

Assessment of information and communication needs of institutions and stakeholders of the National Agricultural Research Systems of the Ukraine

A publication of the FAO Regional Office for Europe

The objective of this study is to identify the information and communication needs of relevant institutions and stakeholders from the national agricultural research system, extension services, NGOs, farmersí associations, representatives from rural men, women and youth, and larger agricultural enterprises in Ukraine. Representatives from the 18 most important national agricultural organizations were interviewed. The organizations interviewed confirmed that ICT is fairly well adopted in Ukraine. But there is clear dichotomy: while offices in Kiev are well equipped, modern technology is scarce in the rural areas. It is generally recognized that there is an urgent need for more and better processed information within the agricultural sector. The major emphasis must be placed on market information systems, access to financial services, information regarding internationally funded projects, and laws and regulations affecting the agricultural sector.

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