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Title:Managing agricultural indigenous and exogenous knowledge through information and communication technologies for poverty reduction in Tanzania
Authors:Ngulube, PatrickISNI
Lwoga, Edda TandiISNI
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (ISSN 1683-0296)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:information technology
indigenous knowledge
agricultural development
Abstract:This article addresses the extent to which information and communication technologies (ICTs) may be used to manage agricultural indigenous knowledge (IK) to alleviate extreme poverty and halve hunger in the rural areas of Tanzania. It also discusses ways that ICTs can be used to introduce exogenous knowledge into the local communities in order to reduce hunger and poverty. It shows that ICTs may be exploited to manage exogenous knowledge, facilitate access to more livelihood resources and improve the poor's agricultural livelihoods. The use of ICTs in the context of exogenous knowledge has enhanced social livelihoods (networking), income and human capital dimensions (access to and use of information and knowledge resources). Experiences from Tanzania indicate that the impact of ICTs for managing IK is limited to human capital (indigenous agricultural production techniques). In order to manage all three dimensions of livelihoods, there is a need to borrow from the strategies employed in disseminating exogenous knowledge and take advantage of the ICTs' ability to capture, transfer, preserve and disseminate information and knowledge. Despite the fact that ICTs have the potential to reduce poverty, their effective use may be limited by a lack of relevant content; language, literacy, gender and urban/rural disparities; and a lack of financial resources and ICT policies. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]