Trends in Information Needs and Communication Channel Use Among Rural Women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, 2000–2012

Ma Lulu Alcasabas Rodriguez, Supathida Kulpavaropas, Devi Annamalai, Joyce Wright, James F. Evans

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Abstract

A trend analysis of information needs and communication channel use of rural women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America was conducted by examining empirical works published in reports, scholarly publications, and the popular press from 2000 to 2012. Results show that information about farming practices, health, education, gender and general family well-being issues were the most sought across the three continents. Demand for 14 information categories surged in volume and scope after 2009. Interpersonal communication sources trumped the mediated ones as the channels of choice; extension agents were the most preferred source. Radio was the most frequently mentioned preferred medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-241
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Information
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Information Systems and Management

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