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Title: A participatory knowledge information system for beef farmers : a case applied to the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Author: Cezar, I. M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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Abstract:
This research is concerned with how farmers' knowledge networks are socially developed, in order to facilitate the development of a conceptual model focusing on the generation and transfer of technology. The conceptual background is that farmers' knowledge, goals and objectives should be integrated into a participatory model for the development of an agricultural knowledge information system (AKIS). In order to develop this research focus, two communities of Brazilian beef farmers belonging to different eco-regions were selected as the target social groups. Further, the National Centre for Beef Cattle Research (CNPGC-EMBRAPA) is the linked regional agency for the development of applied technology for beef. The objectives of this research are: (a) to investigate how farmers' information flows are socially developed, in relation to farm decision-making; (b) to identify and describe the structure of beef farmers' information systems; (c) to analyse relationships between "farmer" knowledge and CNPGC-EMBRAPA's technologies; (d) to develop a methodological learning approach in order to assess farmers' information demands and to improve the process of generating and transferring technology. This research has indicated that each group of farmers develops its own information system. The social construction of the farmers' information networks presents some common characteristics, but each farmer builds the network on the basis of his/her values, beliefs, education, time preferences, and intensity of using the available sources of information; however, this is always marked by the presence of a "trusted person". Informal communication is preferred among farmers rather than reading to obtain information. The participation of CNPGC-EMBRAPA in the farmers' information networks has been peripheral. Although the farmers are using some of the developed technologies, the more advanced and wealthy farmers are taking advantage of the overall technologies. A participatory conceptual framework, both to link the technological innovation to the majority of farmers' needs and, at the same time, to increase the institutional efficiency, is proposed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.642698  DOI: Not available
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