The Ability of Training Approaches to Reduce Agricultural Knowledge Gaps between Men and Women in Rural Uganda

Tian Cai

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Lulu Rodriguez

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

Eric Abbott

Iowa State University

Ames, IA


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

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