Leonard Nduati Kariuki (pictured below) of Kenya, president of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers’ African farmers’ committee, is warning of a “new technological colonialism.” It’s a reference to developing countries’ ugly practice of creating shortsighted aid programs, and the alleged lack of consultation over research and technology. I’m writing about the issue in this week’s Urban Cowboy column in the Guelph Mercury, and particularly, the way Kariuki thinks the knowledge transfer or extension system has abandoned African farmers.
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Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.