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Sep 21, 2005 Commentary
Scaling up communication of scientific information to rural communities

by Kong Luen Heong and Monina Escalada

A wide gap exists between what scientists and rural farmers know. The rapid advancements in digital technology are likely to widen this gap even further. At the farmers' level, this knowledge gap often translates into poor and inefficient management of resources resulting in reduced profits and environmental pollution. Most modern rice cultivars can easily yield more than 5 tons per hectare when well managed, but millions of farmers often get less than 5 tons using the same production inputs.

Volume 4 • Issue 03 • 2005