Framework for ICT based agricultural information dissemination system:case of Agricultural Information Resource Center, Kenya
Networks of information and communication technologies (ICTs) enmesh the globe and represent a transformational opportunity for farmers to receive information as and when required. While correct, the opportunity presented cannot be realized unless this technology is guided. This thesis presents research findings from a case study of Agricultural Information Resource Center (AIRC) undertaken by use of questionnaires to establish issues such as use of ICT tools, information processing and dissemination. 26 respondents were targeted and 19 responded which was a 73% response. Literature review was undertaken to establish the extent of ICTs usage, farmers‘ information needs and the review of globally existing agricultural information dissemination frameworks. From the research it was established that farmers could benefit from real time adjustment in agricultural practices provided by ICTs, ICTs creates opportunities to dissemination local knowledge which is critical to improving farmers‘ productivity, and ICTs like mobile phones may strengthen information sharing. These results meant one thing; ICTs are here with use, however, their use especially in information dissemination to farmers‘ need to be guided. The significant of this research was that a framework to guide agricultural information dissemination system was developed and validated.