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Information Provision to Small-Scale Farmers in Zambia ; Does the Draft National Information Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Provide Solutions ?

Chonya, Marjorie

Titre : Information Provision to Small-Scale Farmers in Zambia ; Does the Draft National Information Communication Technology (ICT) Policy Provide Solutions ?

Auteur : Chonya, Marjorie

Université de soutenance : Erasmus Universiteit

Grade : MASTER OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 2004

Présentation
Information provision to small-scale farmers in Zambia has been problematic for a long time now. The government therefore hopes that a policy framework will help smooth information provision to all sectors of the economy, including agriculture. This study therefore endeavoured to find out to what extent the draft leT policy currently under formulation will answer to the small-scale farmers’ information needs and access problems. This research paper contains six chapters. Chapter One introduces the study and highlights the problem statement, relevance, objective, questions, methodologies/data sources and limitations of the study. Chapter Two gives the theories and analytical frameworks as well as general arguments on the role of ICTs in development and poverty reduction. In Chapter Three, information needs and access problems for small-scale farmers are highlighted. This is after giving an overview of agriculture in Zambia, small-scale farming and extension/information services. Chapter Four provides an overview of the Zambian ICT status after which some highlights from the draft ICT policy are presented. In partiCUlar, highlights on what the draft policy states on infrastructure, agriCUlture and implementation are indicated. Chapter Five basically discusses whether the draft policy provides a solution to small scale farmers’ information needs and access problems and assesses whether access and use is guaranteed for all, including the poor farmers in the countryside. Chapter Six concludes that in its current form the draft policy will satisfy the small-scale farmers’ information needs but does not indicate clearly how it will answer to the information access problems that the farmers are currently facing. It also concludes that the draft policy does not adequately outline how the indigenous knowledge, local needs, feedback and priorities of the farmers will be integrated in the use of ICTs in agricultural production and productivity in Zambia.

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