Promoting Knowledge Translation through Information and Knowledge Sharing: The Case of the Molapo Farming Communities

By Olekae Tsompi Thakadu, Barbara Ntombi Ngwenya, Lapologang Magole and Moses Chimbari.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication

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This study, guided by the diffusion of innovations theory, explored the communication patterns of flood recession (molapo) farming communities in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, with a view to informing the knowledge translation interventions of the Botswana EcoHealth Project. A sample of 161 respondents from three different communities participated in this study. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results indicate that the molapo farming communities in the Okavango Delta: 1) have mass-media technologies, though limited to radio and television, 2) depend on radio and kgotla (public communal place) as a channel for agricultural and environmental related information, and 3) rarely use print media. The findings indicate that the most appropriate channels for information diffusion among the molapo communities are the use of group channel, the kgotla, and the radio, as the majority of the respondents indicated frequent use of these as information sources. Over half of the respondents demonstrated a general awareness of molapo farming potential to cause water-borne diseases. The implication of these findings for communicators and knowledge translation interventions is that wider communication intervention impacts among the molapo communities can be achieved through a use of radio and a hybrid of kgotla-workshops. Suggestions for future research directions are highlighted.

Keywords: Communication, Information Dissemination, Knowledge Translation, Diffusion of Innovation, Research Communication, Communication Channels, Knowledge-to-Action

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, Volume 10, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 19, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 426.479KB)).

Dr. Olekae Tsompi Thakadu

Senior Research Scholar, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Ngamiland, Botswana

Barbara Ntombi Ngwenya

Professor, Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Ngamiland, Botswana

Dr. Lapologang Magole

Senior Research Scholar, Okavango Research Institute, Univeristy of Botswana, Maun, Ngamiland, Botswana

Prof. Moses Chimbari

Dean, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu Natal, Maun, Ngamiland, Botswana