Paper by Dr. Uchida, Dr. Takemura and Dr. Fukushima Published in the Dec. 2017 Issue of The Journal of Agricultural Extension Research
A paper entitled “The social capital of farming and fishing groups and extension officers’ activities: Analysis of data from a survey of group leaders” by Dr. Yukiko Uchida (KRC, Kyoto University), Dr. Kosuke Takemura (Shiga University), and Dr. Shintaro Fukushima (Aoyama Gakuin University) was published in the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Agricultural Extension Research.
The study investigated the relationship between the social capital of farming and fishing groups and the psychological well-being of individual farmers/fishers, as well as the roles of extension officers who promote the social capital of farmers/fishers. The questionnaire survey conducted among leaders of farming and fishing groups showed that relationship of trust among group members was positively associated with the subjective well-being of both the leaders and group members. Additionally, the results suggested that the extension officers’ assistance in building collaborative organizations among farmers/fishers was effective in solving problems, especially for farming and aquaculture groups. The roles of extension officers, who are a “third party” for the groups, are discussed.