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PR - Preliminary Assessment Of The Communication Mechanisms Used In The Virtual Academy Of The Semi-arid Tropics (vasat) Project

Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) have shared preoccupation developing specific mechanisms and tools, considering their applicability, outcome, and impact. An analysis of an eight-year extension project in 21 villages in India suggests that the development of a multimedia approach to knowledge sharing to include extension education, considering both the local farmersĀ“ organization and the context, brings about good results. Such outcomes are related not only to the technological frame, but also to economic, social, and ecological issues. A qualitative research taking into account farmers and local peoplesĀ“ opinions using a theoretical approach of Reflective Appraisal of Programs (RAP) presents some of the implications and lessons learned that can be adopted in the ICT4D projects.

Keywords: agriculture, multimedia, information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), extension, knowledge sharing and innovation


Author(s): Albicette M.M. (1), Kumar V R.N. ( 1), Mula R.P. ( 1)

Organization(s): International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) (1), National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) (2)

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