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Awareness, access and usage of information and communication technologies between female researchers and extensionists

E. L. Adebayo, Federal University of Technology, Akure , Nigeria
Olufemi Martins Adesope, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of PortHarcourt,


Abstract
Information and communications technology (ICT) has become a very important feature in the Nigerian agricultural sector in contemporary times. Even though it is still a new concept, an increasing number of professionals are appreciating its use for development work. This study examines awareness, access and utilization of ICT among female researchers and female extensionists. Data was obtained from 106 female researchers and 27 female extensionists in SouthEastern Nigeria, with the aid of a questionnaire. Information collected showed that female researchers and female extensionists are aware of ICT; both categories of respondents know how to access Internet on their own. respondents do not have adequate access to information technology. Also, 55.7 per cent and 70.4 per cent of female researchers and female extensionists respectively used ICT for between 3 to 5 times a week. The types of ICT needed by female researchers and female extensionists include; World Wide Web, Electronic Mail, Electronic Spreadsheet, Word Processing, CD-ROM, Use of Projector, Use of computer, Web Design, Chatroom.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556