Sokoine University of Agriculture

The state of rural information and communication services in Tanzania: A meta-analysis

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Mtega, Wulystan P.
dc.contributor.author Benard, Ronald
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-30T10:40:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-30T10:40:43Z
dc.date.issued 2013-02
dc.identifier.issn 2223-4985
dc.identifier.uri https://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1165
dc.description International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research 2013,Vol. 3(2) en_US
dc.description.abstract The study investigated the factors influencing accessibility of rural information services in Tanzania. Specifically the study identified the types of information services provided in rural areas; identified the sources of information used by rural people and determined the barriers to accessibility of information services in rural areas in Tanzania. The study employed a meta-analysis methodology where studies on information services in rural areas in Tanzania were analysed. Findings of the analysis were then compared and contrasted to see the similarities and differences. It was found that there were several information sources used in rural areas ranging from simple face to face communication to modern interactive ICTs including the mobile phones. Despite the availability of a number of information sources, several factors limited the accessibility of information services in rural areas. Findings show that high illiteracy levels, poor/unreliable information infrastructure, low income, lack of electricity and high cost of ICTs have limited the accessibility of information services in rural areas. Others factors including the use of difficulty languages when repackaging information, lack of time to access information and geographical isolation to have also limited some from accessing information services in rural areas. The study recommends that in-order to improve the access to information services in rural areas, it is important to deal with both individual and institutional factors which limit access to information. It is also important to conduct audience research oftenly that appropriate information can be delivered to the right people. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Research en_US
dc.subject Information services en_US
dc.subject Communication channels en_US
dc.subject Rural areas en_US
dc.subject ICTs en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title The state of rural information and communication services in Tanzania: A meta-analysis en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url http://www.esjournals.org en_US


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search SUA IR


Browse

My Account

Statistics