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Title: MAJOR FACTORS INFLUENCING FARMERS’ PARTICIPATION IN SKILL TRAINING PROGRAM IN ASSOSA ZONE
Authors: GETACHEW, TELAYNEH
Advisors: Dr. Messeret Assefa
Keywords: ADULT AND LIFELONG LEARNING
Copyright: Jun-2010
Date Added: 10-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: The main objective of this research was to investigate the major factors influencing farmers’ participation in the training program given at FTCs. It was also intended to examine the current status of farmers’ participation in the training program. To achieve this, the survey research design was used. The data were collected through the questionnaire, semi-structured interview and FGDs. The participants were 128 trainee farmers, 21 facilitators’ and six key informants. To select the respondent groups, simple random, availability and purposive sampling techniques were used. Frequencies, percentages and means, correlation, factor analysis, multiple regressions and Mann- Whitney U-test were used as statistical tools to analyze the data. Based on the analyses, the main findings of the study revealed that the majority of the farmers were not involved in the training program development. The study also showed that farmers’ low participation was determined by synergistic action of multiple obstacles. Institutional factors such as inappropriateness to the needs of farmers, distance of the FTCs, lack of facilities, and incompetent facilitators; socio-cultural factors such as farmers’ little awareness and low expectations; and structural factors include central planning system and weak local institutional capacity were the major limiting factors included in the study. From the above findings, it could be concluded that due to the collective influence of these factors, the whole process of the training program development was not participatory. Thus, it has been suggested that motivated and competent extension personnel, pre-service and on-job training for facilitators, and a continuous awareness creation are timely essential.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2940
Appears in:Thesis - Educational Planning & Management

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