e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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Evaluation of the Agricultural Information Service (AIS) in Lesotho


This paper presents findings of a study conducted to evaluate the extent to which the Agricultural Information Service (AIS) is providing agricultural information services to farmers in Maseru district, Lesotho. The study used the survey method consisting of various components of data collection strategies including field work, document research and observations. A total of 300 farmers were surveyed from a population of 1700 farmers. The study yielded 215 respondents representing a 70% of response rate. Two hundred and nine respondents were farmers while 6 respondents were AIS staff members. The findings revealed that information services provided by AIS were somewhat of good quality in terms of relevancy, sufficiency and currency and had improved productivity but were not easily accessible to most farmers. Several problems that hinder the utilization of the AIS services were cited such as failure to visit farmers at their respective areas, wrong broadcasting time, lack of promotion of AIS services and lack of training of farmers on how to use AIS services. The study recommended regular and continuous training program, active promotion of AIS services, introduction of appropriate information channels/technologies and the encouragement for farmers to visit AIS so that they can utilize the existing services. Although the study was limited to the evaluation of the AIS in Lesotho, the outcome of the study sheds more light on the challenges of the provision of agricultural information in Lesotho and other similar countries in Africa. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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    • information system
    Agriculture keywords
    • agriculture
    Data topic
    • information systems
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