ICTs, participatory video and farmer-led agriculture extension services in Machakos District, Kenya. / Vallauri, Ugo.

2016.

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title = "ICTs, participatory video and farmer-led agriculture extension services in Machakos District, Kenya",
abstract = "This thesis explores the use of participatory video to enhance the provision of farmer-led agricultural extension services in rural Kenya. It brings together literatures on information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D), agricultural development and participatory development communication. The objectives of the research are: to understand the necessaryconditions making ICTs effective in developing farmer-led agriculturalextensions; to understand the influence of locally produced video in deliveringextension services; to explore whether participatory video brings more inclusionto farmer-led agricultural extensions.The empirical research was undertaken in three rounds between 2010 and 2012,in partnership with two organisations using ICTs in the delivery of farmer-ledagricultural extensions in Kenya: the Infonet-Biovision network and its member,Katoloni Mission community-based organisation in Machakos, Eastern Kenya.The thesis revolves around the experiences of the author as both researcher andpractitioner in Kenya, through his dual role, first as a consultant and then as apostgraduate research student collaborating closely with both organisations.The main contributions of the thesis centre around the meaning, feasibility andrelevance of an approach to participatory video combining a focus on the creationof agricultural extension content with the traditional attention on participation asprocess. The thesis analyses information officers' enhanced role emerging fromparticipatory video, particularly the opportunity to learn more about localagricultural innovation and to document it by creating locally relevantagricultural extension content. The thesis also analyses farmers groups' responsesto participatory video production, in particular their interest in video about otherlocal farmers as a source of inspiration to improve their practice, despite themultiple other challenges they experience. Finally, it reflects on the technicalchallenges experienced and their implications for ICT4D initiatives in rural areas,especially the need to consider infrastructural limits and the importance ofensuring technical support and ownership of the implemented projects.",
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school = "Royal Holloway, University of London",

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