The research explored in detail the sources and types of information
accessed by grassroots farmers. Printed information about sustainable
agriculture is a much neglected area. It is widely assumed that many
grassroots farmers are non-literate and that print is an ineffective
medium of communication with this target audience. What little printed
information that is produced on agriculture is usually aimed at resource
rich, commercial farmers.
This research sought to establish the viewpoints and priorities both of
grassroots farmers in Uganda and Ghana and of organisations producing
printed information in developing countries. The research comprised a
postal survey of nearly 200 organisations, in-depth research with 75
autonomous farmer groups in Uganda and Ghana and an overview of 95
organisations sharing agricultural information in Uganda and Ghana.
Educational Paper No. 31, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 079 2, 132 pp.
Locally Generated Printed Materials in Agriculture: Experience from Uganda and Ghana