By William McLeod Rivera

ISBN-10: 925105035X

ISBN-13: 9789251050354

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A communication policy would aim to systematically promote rural communication activities, especially interactive radio but also other successful media such as tape recorder and video instructional programmes. Computers and the Internet may not yet be accessible to rural communities but they serve the communication intermediaries and agricultural extension agents who provide information to rural populations. Other devices such as cell phones hold considerable promise for the transfer and exchange of practical information.

While country specific, the matrix provides useful insights in the needs of the rural poor. The vertical Y-axis of the matrix shows the level of household income from agriculture, and the horizontal X-axis shows the level of income from micro-enterprise. The household's position on the matrix reflects the level of income from each of these two livelihood strategies. Households in the bottom left-hand corner are subsistence farmers with limited income from both agriculture and micro-enterprise. Depending on their objective, households can move up, along or diagonally across the matrix.

Households in the bottom left-hand corner are subsistence farmers with limited income from both agriculture and micro-enterprise. Depending on their objective, households can move up, along or diagonally across the matrix. Households that move up the Y-axis specialize in commercial agriculture at the expense of micro-enterprise. Households that move along the X-axis specialize in micro-enterprise at the expense of agriculture. Households along the diagonal tend to balance agriculture with micro-enterprise.

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Agricultural Extension, Rural Development and the Food Security Challenge by William McLeod Rivera


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