Departmental Bulletin Paper The Learning and Sharing of Rice Growing Knowledge Among Model Farmers : Case Study: Rice Farmers in Kirivong District, Takeo Province, Cambodia

HENG, Naret  ,  THY, Naroeun  ,  MEL, Sophanna  ,  LOEUK, Savann

46 ( 1 )  , pp.1 - 22 , 2015-05 , 名古屋大学大学院国際開発研究科
The study was undertaken to describe the characteristics of the model farmers and analyze the process in which model farmers learn and share rice growing skills and knowledge in rural communities and its contributory factors. The participatory method was employed in the study to gather information from various perspectives, such as from stakeholders, on learning and sharing knowledge about rice production. The study found that knowledge, attitude, practice, communication and networking skills are important characteristics of model farmers for ensuring the effectiveness of learning and sharing rice growing skills and knowledge in rural communities, especially in Cambodia. Hence, informal discussions during gatherings such as wedding and funeral ceremonies, in the rice fields, at agricultural supply stores in the village or commune or district, and field days held in rural communities are effective means for learning and sharing rice growing skills and knowledge among model farmers and other farmers. Family members, close friends, and agricultural supply owners in the village, commune or district are active in learning and sharing rice growing knowledge. The communication and networking skills of model farmers and other farmers should be further studied to fully understand the effectiveness of communication and networking skills in the exchange of rice growing knowledge in rural communities.

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