Research Management Implications of the Knowledge Sharing and Decision Making among Rice-Farmers in LGU- and NGO-Managed Cyber-Villages
One of the challenges of the research managers is to bring out the knowledge products (including technologies, research results information) from the Research and Development organization (RDO) to the extension system, as well as from RDO to the direct clients, like the farmers. To ensure the utilization of knowledge products on rice technologies, several modalities have evolved in the past decades, including farm demonstration, farmers training and other technology transfer and extension methods. But the conventional communication delivery systems (CDS) need to be ameliorated so that access to up-to-date agricultural technologies could be as fast as the click of the mouse with the advent of information communication technology (ICT) and the goal to modernize agriculture. This paper is based on the study which analyzed how the CDS in local government unit (LGU)-managed and non-government organization (NGO)-managed cyber-villages contributed to knowledge sharing and decision making among the rice farmers in Infanta, Quezon Province assisted by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The rice farmers in the cyber-villages appear to be more of knowledge seekers than knowledge donors indicates that they value knowledge on NRT as an important resource. The intermediaries (LGU technicians and NGO worker) have in uenced the adoption decisions of the cyber village farmers. The paper uncovered some implications of cyber village as the hub of knowledge sharing and decision making to R&D management in terms of organization and management (between LGU- and NGO-managed cyber village), external linkage-building, and coordination among international and local RDOs, NGO, and LGU.
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