The Ability of Training Approaches to Reduce Agricultural Knowledge Gaps between Men and Women in Rural Uganda
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Iowa State University
This study explores the effectiveness of three training methods (traditional lecture-field demonstration, lecture and field demonstration + video, and video only) to narrow the gap in knowledge about row bean planting between men and women farmers in Kamuli District, Uganda. Using a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design, this study found that the method that combined video and lecture/demonstration was significantly more effective in narrowing the gender knowledge gap. Use of video alone improved women’s knowledge scores, but did not close the gap.
Keywords: training approaches; ICTs; gender knowledge gap; agricultural extension; row planting of beans; agricultural communication; rural livelihood