Friday, February 25, 2005

Farmers' information needs... from NAARM

Dr D. Rama Rao, Head, ICM Division, National Academy of Agriculture Research Management (NAARM) or at this site in Rajendranagar at Hyderabad - 500 030 [Ph: 04-24015394 and Fax: 040-24015912] tells about a project being run in association with Center for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) and Society for Women Education and Environmental Training (SWEET). It's in Gujja village, Narayanpur Mandal, Nalgonda Dist, AP. Goals include to assess the farmers information needs relevant to internet and build a system using ICT in agriculture technology dissemination for problem solving. Quote from Dr Rama Rao: In phase one, the information needs will be identified through an intense consultation with key informants in the selected village. It will examine, briefly, the current situation and developments in information and knowledge systems. It will also present an initial concise framework for further action. In phase two, local experiences, expectations and the information needs will be acquired, adding rich local content and concrete examples where possible. A workshop will be organised with all stakeholders and contributors, in which the broad set of information will be discussed and the framework will be validated. Endquote