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Farmers groups within extension networks in Northern Uganda : inclusive or exclusive?

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Max KellyMax Kelly
Group extension methods are widely recognized as the most effective extension method in agricultural development internationally. Research in this area tends to look at group function, and factors that inhibit or promote successful group activity. Most development projects start with an analysis of whether groups exist or may need to be formed, and then focus on group function. However, very little research to date has considered the farmer group from a whole community context, when assessing knowledge and information dissemination in rural areas. This paper presents and discusses research findings from a case study with three communities in Gulu district of Northern Uganda, where household surveys were used to map networks within and between community members and external organizations identified as promoting agricultural development in the region.
The potential impact of inclusion or exclusion in such a group within small communities emerged as a significant issue, as well as the strong disconnect between community and external organizational perceptions of group existence, function and impact.

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Event

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific. Conference (37th : 2014 : Dunedin, New Zealand)

Series

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Conference

Pagination

1 - 17

Publisher

African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific

Location

Dunedin, New Zealand

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[Dunedin, New Zealand]

Start date

2014-11-25

End date

2014-11-26

ISBN-13

9780992479381

Language

eng

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2015, The Author

Editor/Contributor(s)

T Lyons

Title of proceedings

AFSAAP : Africa : Diversity and Development

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