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Gender, Social Capital and Information Exchange in Rural Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Katungi, Enid en_US
dc.contributor.author Edmeades, Svetlana en_US
dc.contributor.author Smale, Melinda en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:17:22Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:17:22Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-04-25 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-04-25 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4450
dc.description.abstract Changing agricultural research and extension systems mean that informal mechanisms of information diffusion are often the primary source of information about improved seed and practices for farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This paper investigates the interactions between gender, social capital and information exchange in rural Uganda. Within the framework of farmer-to-farmer models, we conceptualize the informal information diffusion process to comprise social capital accumulation and information exchange. We assume that each agent participates in information exchange with a fixed (predetermined) level of social capital and examine how endowments of social capital influence information exchange, paying close attention to gender differences. A multinomial logit model is used to analyze multiple participation choices of information exchange facing the farmer. Findings demonstrate that social capital is an important factor in information exchange, with men generally having better access to social capital than women. We also find strong evidence in support of group-based technology dissemination systems. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CAPRi Working Paper, no. 59 en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject social capital en_US
dc.subject information commons en_US
dc.subject informal economy en_US
dc.title Gender, Social Capital and Information Exchange in Rural Uganda en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries CGIAR System-wide Program on Property Rights and Collective Action, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC en_US
dc.submitter.email elsa_jin@yahoo.com en_US

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