Boer en landbouwvoorlichting : de communicatie van nieuwe landbouwmethoden

A.W. van den Ban

    Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


    Literature was reviewed on the communication of new farming practices stressing the effects on the cultural pattern of the farmers and the function of personal influence. Three villages differing in contacts with urban culture and in adoption of new practices were studied empirically. An analysis was made of the advisory media used by the farmers.

    Mass media created awareness of and interest in new practices but farmers did not adopt them without personal contacts with people they could trust. Most of these contacts were with other farmers but the most influential farmers had frequent contacts with extension officers, especially in high-adoption communities. A revision of the hypothesis of two-step flow of communications was suggested. Factor analysis of 15 major variables demonstrated that adoption of new practices was mainly related to social status and contact with extension. Group norms had considerable influence on the adoption level of group members. Suggestions were made for the extension service.

    Original languageDutch
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Wageningen University
    • Hofstee, Jan Willem, Promotor
    Award date22 Mar 1963
    Publication statusPublished - 1963


    • agriculture
    • products
    • information
    • information services
    • advisory centres
    • netherlands
    • communication theory
    • technical information

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