Evaluating farmers' perception toward the effectiveness of agricultural extension services in Ghana and Zambia

Somanje, Albert Novas, Mohan, Geetha and Saito, Osamu, (2021). Evaluating farmers' perception toward the effectiveness of agricultural extension services in Ghana and Zambia. Agriculture & Food Security, 10(53), 1-16

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    Author Somanje, Albert Novas
    Mohan, Geetha
    Saito, Osamu
    Title Evaluating farmers' perception toward the effectiveness of agricultural extension services in Ghana and Zambia
    Appearing in Agriculture & Food Security
    Volume 10
    Issue No. 53
    Publication Date 2021-11-24
    Place of Publication London
    Publisher BMC (Part of Springer Nature)
    Start page 1
    End page 16
    Language eng
    Abstract In this study, we present the current situation and the role of agricultural extension services for farmers and indicates the potential solutions for the optimum effectiveness of these services. Thus, we investigate the vital determinants influencing the farmers’ attitudes toward using agricultural extension services in Ghana and Zambia. We used a mixed-method research analysis of data from a household survey of 240 farmers and 8 key informant interviews in the Upper West Region of Ghana and the Southern Province of Zambia.The significant factors affecting the association of agricultural extension officers with farmers are regular meetings, demand for services and productivity, and the adoption rate of technology. Notably, approaches based on information communication technology indicators include owning cell phones; further, having radio access significantly affects agricultural practices. However, the role of gender, access to credit, and owning a television would influence food safety and nutrition. Understanding the critical determinants will provide potential solutions to national agricultural research institutes, private research entities, and policymakers to scale-up the effectiveness of agricultural extension services, particularly in Ghana and Zambia.
    UNBIS Thesaurus GHANA
    ZAMBIA
    Keyword Participatory Approaches
    Perfomance Indicators
    Pluralistic Agricultural Extension
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s40066-021-00325-6
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