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6 Field Days: Knowledge Dissemination And Entertainment

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Field days were introduced as a way of involving the farmer into the modernisation agendas of the 'experts'. In line with the Transfer of Technology approaches, officials understood field days as occasions for AREX officers to impart agricultural knowledge to farmers, thereby assuming that farmers lacked such knowledge and needed to be tutored. The data in this chapter shows that, although there might be many reasons for holding and attending field days, officers do take seriously their teaching and learning functions. Apart from their education value, field days were also social occasions where people could gossip, catch on rumours, as well as settle disputes. Agricultural knowledge is disseminated from the experts to the farmers and the farmers get an opportunity to interact with the experts in a relaxed atmosphere. The gendered nature of knowledge made itself apparent on field days.

Keywords:agricultural knowledge expert; AREX officer; field day; knowledge dissemination



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