Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge in Agriculture: The Case for Africa

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Article on the diffusion of scientific knowledge on agriculture for Africa. Using an exploratory research method, this article sets out to investigate existing knowledge diffusion models and their limitations, available best practices, and the potential to infuse translational research as a way to augment extension service programs in SSA agricultural practices.

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Assefa, Shimelis; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Rorissa, Abebe 2014.

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Article on the diffusion of scientific knowledge on agriculture for Africa. Using an exploratory research method, this article sets out to investigate existing knowledge diffusion models and their limitations, available best practices, and the potential to infuse translational research as a way to augment extension service programs in SSA agricultural practices.

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Abstract: Diffusion of scientific knowledge in the agriculture sector in Africa, primarily in sub Saharan African (SSA) countries, is dominated by traditional extension service that is slow, linear, hierarchical, and poorly funded. We investigated existing knowledge diffusion models and their limitations, available best practices, and the potential for translational research to augment extension service programs in SSA agricultural practices. Our findings include: public-private partnerships are critical to forging ties between the research and farming communities; researchers and their institutions need to consider the needs and priorities of the farmer first; extension services need to focus more on education, training, and face-to-face interactions ; translational research will help bolster the existing knowledge diffusion practice; there is potential for information communication technologies( ICT) use in disseminating new knowledge and creating knowledge networks. We also propose an “Agricultural Knowledge Clearinghouse (AKC)” that will work in tandem with the extension service.

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  • Agricultural Information Worldwide, 2014, Lexington: International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists, pp. 34-47

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  • Publication Title: Agricultural Information Worldwide
  • Volume: 6
  • Page Start: 34
  • Page End: 47
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Assefa, Shimelis; Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw & Rorissa, Abebe. Diffusion of Scientific Knowledge in Agriculture: The Case for Africa, article, 2014; [Lexington, Kentucky]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc499086/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .