Information For Successful Agrigulture


  • L. O. Aina University of Botswana


Describes the importance of agriculture in Africa, and outlines the information needs of farmers. Those needs are transmitted to research scientists by agricultural extension workers. The findings of research are transmitted through research libraries to public libraries, and thence to the agricultural extension workers. For the findings of research to reach the farmers who require the information, it is necessary for the number of extension workers to be increased but this is no a feasible approach because of the cost involved. Another approach is suggested, which gives responsibility to local public libraries for dissemination of research information. The information would flow from research libraries to the public libraries, then from public libraries to designated gatekeeper farmers. Although most farmers are illiterate, a number of literate gatekeepers can be identified and encouraged to carry necessary information to the less educated workers.

Author Biography

L. O. Aina, University of Botswana

L.O. Aina is Senior Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana. Dr. Aina was previously on the faculty at the University of Ibadan. He is Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Library, Archives, and Information Science, and Associate Editor of the Nigerian Agricultural Information Journal. He has published numerous articles in the areas of his professional interests: agricultural information, information retrieval, and library education.