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ERIC Number: EJ1179004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1389-224X
Achieving Scale of Farmer Reach with Improved Common Bean Technologies: The Role of Village-Based Advisors
Kansiime, Monica K.; Watiti, James; Mchana, Abigael; Jumah, Raymond; Musebe, Richard; Rware, Harrison
Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, v24 n3 p215-232 2018
Purpose: We assessed the effectiveness of Village-based Advisors (VBAs) as a novel approach for scaling up improved common bean technologies in southern highlands of Tanzania. Design/methodology/approach: Data were gathered through focus group discussions (FGDs) and interviews with 11 VBAs and 102 farmers (37% female). The effectiveness of VBAs was assessed based on farmer reach, farmer knowledge, and application of new technologies. Findings: VBAs played important roles in reaching a wide audience of farmers, with common bean technologies. There was evidence of uptake of promoted common bean practices by farmers, enhanced by judicious incentives such as higher yields, increased land productivity, and labor-saving. VBAs shared information mainly through farm visits and community meetings. Extension materials facilitated VBA engagement of farmers even in informal settings, enhancing information flow beyond village boundaries. The current success of the VBA approach stems from the fact that VBAs are motivated by the rewards they receive--both cash and non-cash. Practical implications: VBAs are relevant in scaling up improved common bean technologies in rural Tanzania and similar settings, because of farmer understanding and trust. For sustainability, there is need to develop a more systematic incentive structure for VBAs through business development, and knowledge enhancement to keep pace with innovations to address emerging production challenges. Theoretical implications: Access to extension service providers who are knowledgeable of farmers' context enhances learning and uptake of innovations. Originality/value: Results fill information gap on the effectiveness of VBAs as knowledge and input disseminators, achieving scale of farmer reach with agricultural innovations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tanzania
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