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Social networks and information access: Implications for agricultural extension in a rice farming community in northern Vietnam

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  • Lan Anh Hoang

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  • Jean-Christophe Castella
  • Paul Novosad

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Village communities are not homogeneous entities but a combination of complex networks of social relationships. Many factors such as ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, and power relations determine one’s access to information and resources. Development workers’ inadequate understanding of local social networks, norms, and power relations may further the interests of better-off farmers and marginalize the poor. This paper explores how social networks function as assets for individuals and households in the rural areas of developing countries and influence access to information and benefits from research and development. A case study of such networks in Phieng Lieng village, in the northern mountains of Vietnam, provides evidence for the need for the efficient delivery of extension services and research and development interventions at the micro level. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Lan Anh Hoang & Jean-Christophe Castella & Paul Novosad, 2006. "Social networks and information access: Implications for agricultural extension in a rice farming community in northern Vietnam," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 23(4), pages 513-527, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:23:y:2006:i:4:p:513-527
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-006-9013-5
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