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Rural Agricultural and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development: A Case of Tiriki, East Division, Hamisi Sub-County, Western Kenya

Show simple item record Khamadi, S.I.D Otike, J. Omondi, P. 2016-06-15T13:22:16Z 2016-06-15T13:22:16Z 2016
dc.description.abstract The application and use of ICT as a modern tool to retrieve, process, preserve and disseminate accurate timely available agricultural and environmental information have become vital in the planning management and development for agricultural crop production in both urban and rural areas in Kenya. This study examined the structure of agricultural and environmental information systems in Tiriki East Division in Hamisi County in Western Kenya for rural planning and management of crop production in order to develop a model of agricultural and environmental information systems ( AEIS) for sustainable development in the area. The main specific objectives were: to examine and assess the existing agricultural and environmental information systems; find out obstacles to effective use of agricultural and environmental information systems and propose possible solutions for extension planners in the area, and to propose agricultural and environmental information system model for effective information use and application for planning and management for sustainable development. The study used participatory approach and questionnaires to collect both primary and secondary data from a sample of 1,228 people, representing a total of a population of about 2369 residence in the study area. Additional data were gathered from libraries, county health centres, and government offices including field observations. Quantitative data were analyzed and processed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). Various hypotheses and analytical testing tools like chi-square and multiple regression analysis were employed where appropriate. Qualitative data were presented as quotes. The study revealed that there was substantial agricultural and environmental information in the area, and that accessibility to it was a problem due to inadequate channels for disseminating it to the users. Major obstacles to effective agricultural and environmental information systems, lack of ICTs education, national information policy, government funding, communication, rural electrification, illiteracy due to poor reading skills were among the other problems. The study recommends that effective modern agricultural and environmental information channels be established by the government of Kenya. This would enable residence (users) to have access to agricultural and environmental information to make informed decisions hence boost agricultural and crop production in the study area since this a gray area of study, further research is recommended. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject ICTs en_US
dc.subject Agricultural and Environmental Information Rural Development en_US
dc.subject sustainable development en_US
dc.title Rural Agricultural and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development: A Case of Tiriki, East Division, Hamisi Sub-County, Western Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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