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Social Capital, Agricultural Technical Assistance, Access To Productive Resources, And Food Security In Post-Conflict Lira, Northern Uganda, Joseph Deng Malual Jan 2014

Social Capital, Agricultural Technical Assistance, Access To Productive Resources, And Food Security In Post-Conflict Lira, Northern Uganda, Joseph Deng Malual

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This study investigated the link between social capital and access to productive resources particularly land, labor, information, and credit, as well as the impact of agricultural technical assistance on resource access among formerly-displaced farm households in Lira, northern Uganda. The study also explored whether established associations between social capital and food security are also observed in post-conflict situations. Food security was measured using the validated Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS). Data were collected from March-July 2011 through interviews with 221 heads of household. The study identified socio-demographic and socio-economic factors that influence and differentiate households in terms of access ...


Organization Of Innovation Platforms For Agricultural Research And Development In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa, Annet Abenakyo Mulema Jan 2012

Organization Of Innovation Platforms For Agricultural Research And Development In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa, Annet Abenakyo Mulema

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The Innovation platforms (IPs) approach was developed to address shortcomings of linear approaches to agricultural research and extension. However, `innovation platform' is a relatively new concept in agricultural research for development. There is limited knowledge and understanding of how best to organize IPs to facilitate numerous and multi-directional interaction among diverse stakeholders. The study examined how IPs are organized, the factors which motivated actors to participate in IPs, and the power dynamics within IPs. Data were collected from five IPs in Uganda and Rwanda Sept.-Dec. 2010. We conducted 184 semi-structured interviews with farmers, 34 in-depth interviews (with traders, extension ...