Information Seeking Behavior of Grass Root Level Extension Workers of the Department of Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh Authors: Kh Zulfikar Hossain, Md Javed Azad, Hossain Al Mufthi, Md Mahbubul Alam, PhD & Md Masum Abdullah

Information Seeking Behavior of Grass Root Level Extension Workers of the Department of Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh

 

Authors: Kh Zulfikar Hossain, Md Javed Azad, Hossain Al Mufthi, Md Mahbubul Alam, PhD & Md Masum Abdullah

Abstract

This study assessed the information seeking behavior of grass root level extension workers, known as Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAOs) of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of Bangladesh who work in the lowest administrative unit of a upazila called block and responsible for carrying out extension service to the rural clienteles. Attempts were also made to explore the relationships between the selected characteristics of the grass root level extension workers and their extent of information seeking behavior. Chawgacha, Jhikargacha and Jessore Sadar upazila under Jessore district of Bangladesh were selected as the study area. Seventy (70) SAAOs were working in the selected three upazilas and all of them were interviewed for the purpose of the study. The findings reveal that 64.30% of the respondents were frequently seeking information for updating their knowledge and skills. Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Co-efficient (r) reveals that job satisfaction and aspiration for training had positive significant relationship while age, experience of extension work, annual expenditure, motivation for searching job related information, organizational problem confrontation and technical knowledge had no significant relationship with SAAOs’ information seeking behavior.

 Key words: Information seeking behavior, grass root level extension worker, Sub-Assistant          Agriculture Officer (SAAO), DAE

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Title:                              Information Seeking Behavior of Grass Root Level Extension Workers of the  Department of Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh

Authors:                          Kh Zulfikar Hossain, Md Javed Azad, Hossain Al Mufthi, Md Mahbubul Alam, PhD & Md Masum Abdullah

Journal Name:               International Journal of Science and Business

Website:                            http://ijsab.com

ISSN:                                   ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)

DOI:                                    https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1250431

Media:                                Online and Print

Volume:                             2

Issue:                                  2

Acceptance Date:         18/05/2018

Date of Publication:   21/05/2018

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Last Page:                       281

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Hossain, K. Z., Azad, M. J., Mufthi, H. A., Alam, M. M. and Abdullah, M. M. (2018). Information Seeking Behavior of Grass Root Level Extension Workers of the Department of Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh. International Journal of Science and Business, 2(2), 273-281. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1250431
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Kh Zulfikar Hossain, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info. System, Sher-e- Bangla Agricultural University.

Md Javed Azad (Corresponding Author), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info. System, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Email: javed.aeis@yahoo.com

Hossain Al Mufthi, JAKAS Foundation, Joypurhat, Bangladesh.

Md Mahbubul Alam, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info. System,  Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University.

Md Masum Abdullah, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info. System, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University.

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1250431

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The Impact of China – African trade on economic growth of African countries Authors: Enock Mwakalila, Joseph AKA & Tawanda Mukazhi

The Impact of China – African trade on economic growth of African countries

Authors: Enock Mwakalila, Joseph AKA & Tawanda Mukazhi

Abstract

There is no doubt that trade play a major role in economic growth and development of the country. But this notion has met with critical debate and controversies on the influence of trade on improving economic growth between countries, with some studied arguing that trade can actually harm the economy of at least one of the two countries. The trade between china and Africa is no exception to this. Therefore this study empirically analyzed the impact of trade between china and Africa on the economic growth of African countries. The panel data involving 41 African countries spanning 24 years (1992-2016) were collected and analyzed through pooled OLS, fixed effect and Arellano-Bond/Blundell-Bond models. The results showed that in all estimation techniques African trade with china appeared to benefit the former on improving its economic growth.

 Key words: SACCO’s, transactions accounts, Mobile Application Technology, Informational Interface, client payment.

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Title:                                  The Impact of China – African trade on economic growth of African countries

Authors:                           Enock Mwakalila, Joseph AKA & Tawanda Mukazhi

Journal Name:               International Journal of Science and Business

Website:                            http://ijsab.com

ISSN:                                   ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)

DOI:                                    https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1250316

Media:                                Online and Print

Volume:                             2

Issue:                                  2

Acceptance Date:         16/05/2018

Date of Publication:   18/05/2018

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First Page:                       260

Last Page:                       272

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Mwakalila, E.,  AKA, J., & Mukazhi, T. (2018). The Impact of China – African trade on economic growth of African countries. International Journal of Science and Business, 2(2), 260-272. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1250316

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Enock Mwakalila, (corresponding author), PhD student at Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing China.

Joseph E. Messou AKA, PhD student at Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing China.

Tawanda L.C. Mukazhi, PhD student at Capital University of Economics and Business,  Beijing China.

 

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1250316

Effect of Informational Interface of Mobile Application Technology on the Growth of SACCOS in Nairobi County, Kenya Authors: Emily Jerop, Samson Nyang’au Paul & Mwalili Tobias

Effect of Informational Interface of Mobile Application Technology on the Growth of SACCOS in Nairobi County, Kenya

Authors: Emily Jerop, Samson Nyang’au Paul & Mwalili Tobias

Abstract

A large proportion of Kenyans relies on SACCO’s to access financial services. However, the use of SACCOs (Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies) by Kenyans as a financial service provider has been declining over the last five years. This trend in loss of customers is attributed to the competition from banks through proactive outreach and offering of easy access transactions accounts as well as consumer loans through financial innovations. It is therefore imperative that the SACCOs invest heavily on the use of Mobile Application Technology. The purpose of carrying out this study therefore was to establish the influence of effect of Informational Interface of Mobile Application Technology on the Growth of SACCOS in Nairobi County, Kenya. Descriptive Survey design was adopted. The study target population included 40 deposit taking SACCOs, 200 section heads and 40 managers. The study sampled 23 SACCOs using Krejcie and Morgan, 23 managers and 116 section heads. Simple random sampling and stratified sampling method was used to select the sampled respondents. The study used questionnaire to collect data. Collected data was coded and analyzed suing descriptive statistics (frequencies and percentages) as well as statistical inferential (regression analysis). The analyzed data was presented in tables, finding discussed, conclusions drawn and policy implications outlined. The study concluded that mobile application provides an interface that allowed the SACCO clients to access information on their balance without necessarily visiting the SACCO physically. It allows client to client payment and therefore ensures that their clients make their payment effectively and on time. The study also recommends that since the use of mobile application technology was found to influence the growth of SACCOs in Nairobi County, there is need to understand the changes that technology is causing on the financial sector in order to examine in detail how the recent and foreseeable advances in technology can affect its future evolution.

 Key words: SACCO’s, transactions accounts, Mobile Application Technology, Informational Interface, client payment.

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Title:                                Effect of Informational Interface of Mobile Application Technology on the Growth of SACCOS in Nairobi County, Kenya

Authors:                           Emily Jerop, Samson Nyang’au Paul & Mwalili Tobias

Journal Name:               International Journal of Science and Business

Website:                            http://ijsab.com

ISSN:                                   ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)

DOI:                                    https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1253715

Media:                                Online and Print

Volume:                             2

Issue:                                  2

Acceptance Date:         11/05/2018

Date of Publication:   27/05/2018

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First Page:                       246

Last Page:                       257

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Jerop, E., Paul, S. N., & Tobias, M. (2018). Effect of Informational Interface of Mobile Application Technology on the Growth of SACCOS in Nairobi County, Kenya. International Journal of Science and Business, 2(2), 246-257. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1253715

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Emily Jerop, (corresponding author), Masters Student, Jomo Kenyatta University of   Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

Samson Nyang’au Paul, Lecturer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,         Kenya.

Mwalili Tobias, Lecturer, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1253715

Farmers’ Access to Agricultural Market Information Using ICTs: Bangladesh Perspectives Authors: Saima Shiddiqua, Md. Mahbubul Alam, PhD & Dr. Md. Sekender Ali

Farmers’ Access to Agricultural Market Information Using ICTs: Bangladesh Perspectives

Authors: Saima Shiddiqua, Md. Mahbubul Alam, PhD & Dr. Md. Sekender Ali

Abstract

The primary objectives of this study were i) to determine the extent of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) use by farmers for receiving agricultural market information, and ii) to identify the factors that influence farmers’ choice of using ICTs for receiving agricultural market information. Attempt was also made to explore the influence of the selected factors to the extent of ICTs use for receiving agricultural market information. A cross-sectional survey methodology use employed. Two villages from Rajbari sadar upazila under Rajbari district were selected as the study area. A proportionate random sampling technique was used to determine the sample size (here, 127) drawn from 620 farm families. Data were collected by the 1st author using a well-structured interview schedule. A multiple regression analysis revealed that ICT ownership, ICT literacy, distance home to market and innovativeness had significant contribution to farmers’ use of ICTs for receiving agricultural market information which explained 81.8% of the variance of ICTs use however perceived usefulness was found to be non-significant to ICTs use.

 Key words: Agricultural Market Information (AMIS), Bangladesh, ICT, Farmers.

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Title:                                Farmers’ Access to Agricultural Market Information Using ICTs: Bangladesh Perspectives

Authors:                           Saima Shiddiqua, Md. Mahbubul Alam, PhD & Dr. Md. Sekender Ali

Journal Name:               International Journal of Science and Business

Website:                            http://ijsab.com

ISSN:                                   ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)

DOI:                                    https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1243960

Media:                                Online and Print

Volume:                             2

Issue:                                  2

Acceptance Date:         08/05/2018

Date of Publication:   09/05/2018

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Page:                                  236-245

First Page:                       236

Last Page:                       245

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Shiddiqua, S., Alam, M. M., PhD, & Ali, M. S., Dr. (2018). Farmers’ Access to Agricultural            Market Information Using ICTs: Bangladesh Perspectives. International Journal of Science         and Business, 2(3), 236-240. doi: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1243960
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About Authors

Saima Shiddiqua, MS Student, Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info. System, Sher-e-Bangla             Agricultural University

 Md. Mahbubul Alam, PhD, (corresponding author), Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info.       System,           Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, E-mail: mmahbubul_22@yahoo.com

 Dr. Md. Sekender Ali, Professor, Dept. of Agril. Extension & Info. System, Sher-e-Bangla             Agricultural University

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1243960