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University of Namibia (2019)

Access and utilisation of knowledge and information by aquaculture farmers in Namibia

Yule, Wilson

Titre : Access and utilisation of knowledge and information by aquaculture farmers in Namibia

Auteur : Yule, Wilson

Université de soutenance  : University of Namibia

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science 2019

Résumé partiel
This study on access and utilisation of information and knowledge by aquaculture famers in Namibia investigated the knowledge gap that exists between information and aquaculture production by providing research based evidence on the nature and extent of information utilised by aquaculture farmers in Namibia. The study was driven by the main research question ; what is the level of access and utilisation of knowledge and information by aquaculture farmers in Namibia ?, and it was guided by two theories : Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations (DOI) theory that explained how a new innovation is adopted in society and Kuhlthau’s Six Stage model of the Information Search. The mixed methods research design employed a concurrent triangulation approach, combining qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Data collection methods used for the quantitative research were surveys, and semi-structured interviews, observation and document analysis for the qualitative. The population comprised of all fish farmers and their managers in Namibia, and the fish farmers’ database at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources was used as a sampling frame. The survey respondents were selected using a multi stage sampling technique, starting with a simple random sample as well as employing convenient sampling technique while key informants (managers) were selected using the purposive sampling technique. The key findings of the study revealed that fish farmers lacked the required information to fulfil their information needs.

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