Creating the Livestock Guru: ICTs to enhance livestock-related knowledge among poor households in Orissa, India

Yibo Lin, Claire Heffernan*

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Abstract

Introduction: The following paper details the creation and dissemination of a multi-media learning program for poor livestock keepers in Orissa, India: the Livestock Guru. Methods: To devise the learning content, interviews were held with 240 poor livestock-keeping households in four districts in Orissa State. Methods for measuring user demand and assessing disease priorities are detailed in addition to a description of the software content, design, and dissemination strategy. The software was based on situated learning theory. Following this approach, the Livestock Guru was created to be contextually specific to the learning environment of the users. Further, to support a demand-led paradigm, the software was designed to be fully inter-active, where users have a choice over the learning material on offer. Conclusions: The results demonstrate that appropriately designed information and communication technologies can help alleviate barriers to knowledge acquisition by poor livestock keepers at the community level. As such, the overall aim of the paper is to enable the software to be replicated in other contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1361
Number of pages9
JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
Volume42
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Disease prioritization
  • ICTs
  • India
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Multi-media learning tools
  • Orissa
  • Situated learning

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