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Title:Community Knowledge Workers: Taking Farmer Education to the Community
Author(s):Culbertson, Michael J.
Contributor(s):McCole, Daniel
Subject(s):agricultural extension
impact evaluation
randomized control trial
Abstract:In traditional agricultural extension, a small number of heavily trained extension officers attempt to cover a large number of farmers, limiting the opportunities for each farmer to receive new agricultural knowledge. The Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) program reverses the traditional model by equipping a large number of lightly trained, respected community members with smartphones that can access a database of agricultural information. These CKWs then act as liaisons between their local community and new agricultural information. Since CKWs are invested in their community, they often take an active role in diagnosing their neighbors’ farming challenges and following up with farmers on the implementation of new agricultural practices. This poster describes how the CKW program combines new media and a community-based approach to promote thriving among marginalized farmers in rural Uganda.
Issue Date:2013-06-28
Citation Info:Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, June 27-29, 2013, Coral Gables, FL.
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-06-28

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