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Title:
USING CASE BASED REASONING FORKNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AMONG SMALL SCALE FARMERS IN NDAGANI REGION OF RURAL KENYA

Authors:
Emily Gakii Murerwa, Kenya

Abstract:
Agriculture is a key pillar of Kenya's GDP. In Ndagani area, Tharaka Nithi County of rural Kenya there are many small scale farmers. Some of the farming practices carried out by these farmers in clude small scale dairy farming, poultry farming, pig farming, tea farming, coffee farming and horticulture among others. For farming effectiveness, farmers need adequate access to information and knowledge in areas such as improved seedlings, fertilizers, new agricultural technologies, credit facilities, market facilities as well as early warning systems such as droughts, diseases and pests. This knowledge may exist usually in documents, websites, files, computer databases but also within people. Previous research has shown that the small scale farmers in Ndagani primarily share agricultural knowledge via informal oral communication which essentially makes preservation as well as the dissemination of the knowledge difficult. For knowledge to be of benefit, knowledge management has to be effected. There are many approaches to manage knowledge, which the farmers could adopt. This paper explores one of these approaches namely Case Based Reasoning as an approach to knowledge management among small scale farmers in Ndagani, Rural Kenya.

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